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MLB Betting Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants

September 20, 2023


This matchup features a pair of NL West division rivals when the San Francisco Giants travel to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in game two of a two-game series in which the Diamondbacks took game one by a score of 4-8 on Tuesday. Will the Diamondbacks extend their winning streak to five games or will the Giants get the win on the road? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.

The San Francisco Giants enter this game with a record of 76-75 which puts them 17.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1st place in the NL West and 3 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the final Wild Card spot in the National League. San Francisco has compiled a record of 6-11 in September which includes a 4-8 loss in game one of the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Two of the runs for the Giants came in the 1st inning which included a one-run home run hit by Joc Pederson.

Arizona enters this game with a record of 80-72 which puts them 14 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1st place in the NL West and gives them a .5-game lead in the National League Wild Card race. The Diamondbacks have compiled a record of 11-7 in September and are on a four-game winning streak which includes Tuesday’s 8-4 win at home against the San Francisco Giants. Four of the runs for the Arizona Diamondbacks came in the 2nd inning which included Gabriel Moreno and Geraldo Perdomo scoring off a double hit by Corbin Carroll.

BookMaker has the Arizona Diamondbacks listed as -115 money line favorites at home against the San Francisco Giants for game two of the series on Wednesday. The teams have split the last ten games in the series, however, Arizona has outscored San Francisco by an average of 4.2 to 3.6 runs per game in those contests while the Giants have won two of the last three games while the Diamondbacks have outscored the Giants by an average of 3.33 to 3 runs per game in those matchups.

San Francisco will send Logan Webb to the mound while Arizona will send Merrill Kelly to the mound for game two of the series on Wednesday afternoon. Webb is 10-12 this season with a 3.31 ERA while recording 183 strikeouts while Kelly is 11-7 on the year with an ERA of 3.45 and has recorded 172 strikeouts.

Logan Webb is 1-1 with a no-decision in his last three starts this season while allowing a total of four runs and recording 14 strikeouts in those matchups his last start came on the road against the Colorado Rockies in which Webb allowed one run while recording six strikeouts in a no-decision.

In his last three starts this season, Merrill Kelly is 1-1 with a no-decision while allowing nine runs and striking out 25 batters in those starts with his last start coming on the road against the New York Mets in which Kelly allowed seven runs and struck out seven in a loss.

Arizona enters this game with a better record, however, San Francisco has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three games. Webb has also been the better pitcher in his last three starts allowing an average of 1.33 runs and 2 strikeouts per game while Merrill Kell is allowing an average of 3 runs and recording 8.33 strikeouts in his last three starts. I look for the Giants to win this matchup on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks which is why I am taking the money line for the San Francisco Giants at -105 for game two of the series on BookMaker.

Spooky Express Pick: San Francisco Giants Money Line (-105)