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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants - 5/17/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks
Date & Time Friday May 17, 2019, 9:40 PM (EDT)
Chase Field
Phoenix, AZ
The Line
Arizona Diamondbacks -136 / San Francisco Giants +126 -- O/U: 9
TV Channel
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The San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks meet in game one of a three game NL West division set from Chase Field in MLB action on Friday night.

The San Francisco Giants will look to build some steam after earning a series split with Toronto, taking the series finale by a final score of 4-3 on Wednesday. Aramis Garcia had a home run and two RBIs while Brandon Crawford has a solo home run and Pablo Sandoval had a double and an RBI to round out San Francisco’s scoring as a team in the victory. Joe Panik, Evan Longoria, Kevin Pillar and Shaun Anderson each had a double with Anderson going 2 for 2 at the dish in the win. Anderson went five innings, allowing all three runs, two earned, on two hits while striking out five over five innings of work. Mark Melancon got the win to improve to 1-0 this year while Will Smith struck out the side in the 9th for his 11th save of the year. Jeff Samardzija will start game one and is 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. In his career, Samadzija is 3-4 with a 4.12 ERA and 79 strikeouts against Arizona.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to build some steam after earning a series victory over Pittsburgh following an 11-1 win in the series finale on Wednesday. Eduardo Escobar had a home run, a double and three RBIs while Jarrod Dyson and Blake Swihart each had two RBIs with Swihart hitting a pinch-hit home run while Dyson went 2 for 4 at the dish. Adam Jones, Ketel Marte, Christian Walker and Nick Ahmed each had RBIs with Jones and Marte going 2 for 4 with Jones homering while Ahmed added a double. John Ryan Murphy added a double of his own in the winning effort for the D-Backs. Zack Greinke got the win to improve to 6-1 on the year after throwing 7.2 shutout innings, giving up just four hits while striking out five. Merrill Kelly will start game one and is 3-4 with a 4.70 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. This will be Kelly’s first career start against San Francisco.

San Francisco is 5-2 in Samardzija’s last 7 starts and 13-28 in their last 41 road games while the over is 9-2 in their last 11 games overall. Arizona is 2-5 in Kelly’s last 7 starts and 6-1 in their last 7 series opening matchups while the over is 12-3-1 in their last 16 division games. San Francisco is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Arizona.

Arizona being favored at home makes sense, but I’m not sure what to make of Kelly as a starter in his rookie season. I’m sure he will get there eventually and be a valuable arm for the D-Backs, but I just don’t think he’s there yet. San Fran has been a mixed bag of results lately, but the Giants seem to step up their play and compete hard when Samardzija is on the mound, winning 5 of his last 7 starts. I think the plus money holds some value on Friday, so I’ll take a stab at San Francisco to draw first blood here.

San Francisco +126

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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