Diamondbacks vs. Giants MLB Picks: Pitching Matchup to Make Game 2 Go 'Over' the Total

Darin Zank

Friday, April 17, 2015 5:24 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 17, 2015 5:24 PM UTC

Arizona took the opener of this series Thursday night 7-6 in 12 innings, sending San Francisco to its seventh straight defeat. Do we fade the Giants to continue their slide Friday night? Or do we believe Jake Peavy can help snap that losing streak?

D'Backs-Giants Game 1 Recap
Arizona blew a late lead but got a two-out, two-run double from Aaron Hill in the top of the 12th inning, then hung on for the 7-6 victory.

The Diamondbacks grabbed a 4-1 lead with three runs in the top of the fifth, but San Francisco got a two-out, two-run homer from Brandon Crawford in the bottom of the seventh to pull within 4-3, then got a two-out, run-scoring triple from Joe Panik in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 4-4.

Both teams then scored once in the tenth inning, setting up Hill's heroics. The Giants then tallied once in the bottom of the 12th and had the tying run on second base when Panik lined out to pitcher Randall Delgado to end the game.

Arizona got a quality start from young Archie Bradley, and homers from Mark Trumbo, Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock. Meanwhile, San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner was charged with four runs through seven innings of work.

Arizona won Thursday's game as a +155 underdog on the MLB odds, and the game, to our chagrin, played OVER its total of 6.5 runs.

The Giants are now 0-4 at home this season.


Game 2 Betting Odds
As of Friday morning the best price we could find on San Francisco and Jake Peavy was the -140 offered at WagerWeb, while Arizona and Josh Collmenter could be found at +137 at BetOnline. And most books were listing the total on tonight's game at seven.


Friday's Pitching Matchup
Peavy will be making his second start of this season; last Sunday he gave up four runs on four hits and three walks through four innings of a 6-4 loss at San Diego. All four runs came on one swing of the bat, a grand slam by Wil Nieves in the bottom of the fourth.

Last year Peavy, splitting time with Boston and the Giants, went 17-for-32 on quality starts; the Sox went just 5-15 in Peavy's starts, but San Francisco went 8-4. Also, the totals skewed toward the UNDERS in Peavy's starts by a margin of 19-10.

Peavy started twice against Arizona last year, allowing just two runs and 11 hits through 13 1/3 innings; San Francisco split those two games.

Collmenter will be making his third start of this season. Back on Opening Day against these Giants he gave up four earned runs and 10 hits in less than five innings of a 5-4 Arizona loss. Then last Sunday he allowed three runs and nine hits in five innings of a 7-4 loss to the Dodgers.

Last year Collmenter went 13-for-28 on quality starts, but the D'Backs, who finished 34 games under .500 overall, went 17-11 in his starts, with the totals leaning toward the UNDERS 16-10.

Since the beginning of last year Collmenter has started four times against San Francisco, allowing seven ER and 24 hits through 23 2/3 innings; the D'Backs went 1-3 in those games, and three of those games stayed UNDER the totals.


D'Backs-Giants Game 2 Pick
We're not sure who's going to win this game, but we do like the idea of some runs being scored. So we'll go with the OVER with our MLB picks in this spot.


Free MLB Pick: OVER seven runs at BetOnline

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