San Francisco Giants versus Arizona Diamondbacks (June 23)
Two NL West teams will battle as the last place Giants take on the third place Diamondbacks.
Shaun Anderson is scheduled to pitch for the Giants and Merrill Kelly is set to take the mound for the Diamondbacks.
The Giants have struggled offensively all season. The addition of Kevin Pillar from the Blue Jays, adds a solid, but not spectacular bat to the lineup.
He has eight home runs and 32 RBI this season. Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt are tied for the team lead in home runs with nine.
As a team, the Giants are hitting only .223 with 66 home runs and an average of 3.8 runs per game.
For the Diamondbacks, they have been one of the top offensive teams in the league, averaging 5.2 runs per game on 116 home runs.
Katel Marte leads the team with 20 home runs and a .305 average. Eduardo Escobar is pacing the team in RBI with 59 and has added 17 long balls.
Adam Jones and Christian Welker have contributed to the power production with 13 home runs each.
On the mound, Shaun Anderson is 2-2 with a 4.08 ERA. He’s allowed five home runs in 39 2/3 innings, while walking 14.
Closer Will Smith has been excellent, converting 19 saves with a 2.12 ERA.
Mark Melancon, Sam Dyson and Reyes Moronta have a combined ERA of 2.94 in 93 innings.
As a team, the Giants have allowed 5.2 runs per game.
Merrill Kelly has a 7-7 mark for the Diamondbacks this season with an ERA of 3.99.
He’s allowed 12 home runs in 88 innings, while striking out 68. Yoan Lopez (1.24 ERA) and closer Greg Holland (10 saves, 2.28 ERA) have been excellent.
However, seldom used Archie Bradley and Matter Andriese have a combined ERA of 5.04 in 69 2/3 innings.
As a unit, the Diamondbacks have allowed 4.6 runs per game.
It’s difficult to keep Arizona’s offense under control, but Anderson has been solid enough to do that.
The problem for the Giants will be putting runs on the board, despite the fact that Merrill Kelly has been somewhat prone to the long ball.
The Diamondbacks may reach their average per game, but they won’t need more than that to defeat a poor San Francisco team.
Ill take the “under” in this one and go for the Diamondbacks by a 5-2 score.