Arizona Diamondbacks versus San Francisco Giants (June 29)
In this NL West battle, the third place Diamondbacks head to San Francisco to take on the Giants.
Arizona appears to have a clear advantage with Zach Greinke scheduled to start on the mound versus Drew Pomeranz for the Giants.
Offensively the Diamondbacks are hitting .257 with 122 home runs and an average of 5.2 runs per game.
The Power production is headed by Ketel Marte, who has blasted 20 home runs and is hitting .320.
Eduardo Escobar leads the team with 63 RBI and has is second on the team in home runs with 18.
David Peralta (44 RBI), Christian Walker (14 home runs) and Adam Jones (13 home runs) provide additional problems for opposing pitchers.
San Francisco has struggled to score all season, hitting just .223 with 73 home runs and 3.8 runs per game.
Kevin Pillar has added to the attack since arriving from Toronto, having 10 home runs overall and 37 RBI.
Pablo Sandoval leads the team in hitting at .286 and he and Brandon Belt also have 10 home runs.
Evan Longoria has struggled at the plate, batting only .222 with seven home runs.
Zach Greinke has been excellent this season, posting an 8-3 record with a 3.08 ERA.
He has struck out 93 and walked only 15 in 108 innings, while surrendering a respectable total of 12 home runs.
The bullpen production has been mixed. Matt Andriese and Archie Bradley have tallied a combined 77 1/3 innings, but have an ERA of 5.12.
On the other hand, Yoan Lopez and Andrew Chafin have been quite effective, posting a slim ERA of 1.98 in 59 innings.
As a team, the Diamondbacks are giving up around the league average of 4.5 runs per game.
Drew Pomeranz has stuck out 70 in 58 1/3 innings, but has given up 74 hits and 15 home runs, contributing to his 2-8 record and 6.79 ERA.
Despite allowing over five runs per game as a team, the Giants bullpen has been effective.
Closer Will Smith has 21 saves and an ERA of 1.95.
Tony Watson, Sam Dyson, Reyes Moronta and Mark Melancon had a combined 2.83 ERA in 136 2/3 innings.
On paper, this looks like a clear victory for the Diamondbacks and I am certainly leaning in that direction.
However, I feel Pomeranz will do a better job keeping the ball in the park, decreasing the run production of the Diamondbacks from a total onslaught to their seasonal average.
San Francisco will be fortunate to reach their seasonal average in runs score. Ill Take the “under” and go for the Diamondbacks by a 5-2 score.