San Francisco's losing streak now sits at eight games, after getting shut out Friday night. Who in their right mind would back the Giants at the moment?
Diamondbacks-Giants Game 2 Recap
Arizona rapped out 18 hits, including 14 singles, while starter Josh Collmenter tossed a four-hit shutout, allowing just one runner to reach second base, as the D'Backs took the second game of this series Friday night 9-0. Collmenter also got in on the act with the bats, coming up with three base hits, knocking in a run and scoring once.
Third-baseman Jake Lamb poked the big shot for Arizona, a two-out triple in the third that scored two runs, upping the D'Backs lead from 1-0 to 3-0. Arizona then scored single runs each of the next four innings to pull away.
The D'Backs peppered San Francisco starter Jake Peavy for four runs and eight hits in less than four innings. He then left the game with a sore back. The San Francisco bullpen then gave up four ER and 10 hits over the last five innings.
Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, usually a starter, worked two innings Friday, giving up two runs – one earned – on five hits and four walks in just two innings. He's now allowed 12 ER in 10 1/3 innings of work this season.
Arizona won Friday as a +130 post-time underdog on the betting line, and the game, to our delight, played OVER its total when the D'Backs tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the ninth.
Game 3 Betting Odds
As of early Saturday morning the best line we could find on San Francisco with Chris Heston was the -136 offered on the MLB odds at YouWager, while Arizona and Rubby De La Rosa could be found getting +131 at GT Bets. And the total on tonight's game sat at seven runs.
Heston will be making his third start of this season; ten days ago he held these D'Backs to two unearned runs and three hits through six innings of a 5-2 Giants victory; and Monday he held Colorado to one earned run through seven innings, although San Francisco lost that game 2-0.
Both those games played UNDER the totals.
Heston earned his shot at a spot in the Bigs with some good work down in the Minors; in two seasons with AAA Fresno Heston went 19-15 with a 4.31 ERA, allowing 281 hits in 282 innings, walking 97 while striking out 222.
That quality performance ten days ago is Heston's only career start against Arizona.
De La Rosa will be making his third start of this season; 11 days ago he gave up six runs and eight hits in five-plus innings against these Giants, although Arizona won that game 7-6; then Monday he held San Diego to three runs through six innings of an 8-4 Diamondbacks win. Both those games played OVVER on the totals.
Last year, pitching for Boston, De La Rosa went seven-for-18 on quality starts; the Sox went 7-11 in those starts, with the totals leaning toward the UNDERS 5-11.
D'Backs-Giants Game 3 Pick
We'd lean toward Heston in the pitching match-up, but San Francisco is just a cold bunch at the moment. In good conscience we just can't recommend giving -140 on a team that's lost eight in a row. But we're also a little leery of De La Rosa. So in thinking Heston has a chance to repeat his performance of ten days ago against Arizona, and that the Giants bat stay cold, we'll go with the UNDER for our MLB Picks.
Free MLB Pick: UNDER seven runs (+105) at Heritage