Thursday, May 12, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Johnny Cueto vs. Zack Greinke
The San Francisco Giants visit Chase Field on Thursday to play the Arizona Diamondbacks. The probable starters are Johnny Cueto for the Giants and Zack Greinke for the Diamondbacks. The opening line for this matchup has San Francisco at +115 and Arizona at -125. The over/under was set at 8. The Giants have a 20-15-0 over/under record and a 15-20-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 43% of the time. The Diamondbacks are 17-18-0 against the run line and have a 17-16-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
The Giants head into this matchup with a 17-18 record, including 7-8 on the road. Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto has a 4-1 record with an earned run average of 3.02 and a WHIP of 1.13. He has 44 strikeouts over his 50.2 innings pitched and he has given up 49 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.41. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.14 and they have given up 98 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .255 against the bullpen while being struck out 79 times and walking 32 times this season. As a team, San Francisco has allowed 9.54 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.03 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.29. The Giants pitchers have collectively given up 334 base hits and 149 earned runs. They have allowed 33 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. San Francisco as a pitching staff has walked 89 batters and struck out 281. They walk 2.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 3.62.
As a team, San Francisco is batting .264, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .256 average away from home. The Giants hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .340 which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 9 hits per game. Buster Posey comes into this game hitting .275 and his on-base percentage is at .336. He has 30 hits this season along with 15 runs scored and 11 runs batted in. He's struck out 15 times and has walked 11 times. Brandon Belt is hitting .319 and he has an on-base percentage of .448. He has totaled 36 hits so far while scoring 18 runs and he's driven in 21. He has walked 28 times and has struck out 20 times. The Giants have 315 hits, including 55 doubles and 31 home runs. They've stolen 19 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. San Francisco has walked 139 times this season and they've struck out 223 times as a unit. They've left 255 men on base and have a team OPS of .752. They score 4.63 runs per contest and have scored a total of 162 runs so far this year.
Arizona comes into this matchup with a 5-12 home record and a 17-18 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.15, Zack Greinke has a 3-2 record and a 1.44 WHIP. He has 40 strikeouts over the 43.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 54 hits. He has allowed 11.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.37. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.98 and they have given up 124 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the Diamondbacks bullpen while being struck out 110 times and walking 53 times this season. As a team, Arizona has allowed 9.18 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.45 batters per nine. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.63. The Diamondbacks pitchers as a team have surrendered 329 base knocks and 166 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 37 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Arizona as a staff has walked 128 hitters and struck out 267. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.42 while their FIP as a staff is 4.27.
As a team, they are batting .265, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .267 average at home. The Diamondbacks hold a .451 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.4 hits per contest. Paul Goldschmidt comes into this matchup batting .233 and he has an OBP of .413. He has 27 hits this year along with 18 runs scored and 18 RBI. He's struck out 38 times and has walked on 35 occasions. Jean Segura is hitting .350 and he has an OBP of .377. He has collected 49 hits so far while he's scored 18 runs and drove in 17. He has earned a walk 4 times and has punched out 18 times. The Diamondbacks as a unit have 329 base hits, including 65 doubles and 46 homers. They have 21 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 8 times. Arizona as a team has walked 106 times this year and they have struck out 281 times. They've had 246 men left on base and have an OPS of .777. They score 4.6 runs per game and have totaled 161 runs so far this season.
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 20-15-0 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 15-20-0 against the run line so far this season
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 17-16-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 17-18-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
San Francisco Giants
05/09/16 CF Angel Pagan Hamstring out indefinitely
04/22/16 SS Ehire Adrianza Foot 60-day DL (4/15)
04/19/16 P George Kontos Elbow 15-day DL (4/18)
04/15/16 P Sergio Romo Elbow 15-day DL (4/11)
05/11/16 RF David Peralta Wrist "?" Wednesday vs. Colorado Rockies
04/04/16 P Josh Collment Shoulder 15-day DL (3/28)
04/02/16 CF A.J. Pollock Elbow 60-day DL (4/2)
Tony's Pick: Take the Diamondbacks
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