Lincecum & Giants -142 the Pick Over Diamondbacks

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 2:08 PM GMT

The San Francisco Giants are scoring a lot of runs in the early going this season, which will prove problematic once against for the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday night. We offer up a free pick on tonight's late game.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines for this National League West affair at AT&T Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:15 p.m. ET.

 

A miserable start
Arizona has dropped eight of its first 10 games to open up the season, including a 7-3 defeat to San Francisco as +136 road underdogs Tuesday afternoon, while going OVER the betting total for the fourth time in five affairs.

The Diamondbacks still have plenty of reasons to be optimistic, especially with outfielder Mark Trumbo’s great start at the plate—hitting five home runs in his first nine games with the franchise. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 29-28 in April, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (28-28 Over/Under).

Will Tanaka pick up the win tonight when the Yankees meet the Orioles?

Offensive explosion
San Francisco has won six of its first eight games, including a 4-1 mark versus Arizona in the early going.

The Giants have plated 47 total runs this season, which happens to be their highest total through eight games in 11 years.

MLB handicappers will find that the franchise is 95-61 versus division foes since the start of the 2012 campaign.

 

Arroyo 
Bronson Arroyo (0-0, 4.15 ERA) lasted just 4.1 innings in his Diamondbacks’ debut last Thursday, as he allowed two runs and five hits in a no-decision effort versus the Giants. 

The right-hander has compiled a 20-16 record and 4.38 ERA in 55 career games (52 starts) in April. 

In seven lifetime appearances at this venue, Arroyo has tallied a 1-4 record and 3.27 ERA.

 

Lincecum
Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (0-0, 6.00 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 8-5 road win when matching up with Arroyo last time out, as he surrendered four runs and eight hits over six frames.

The right-hander went 5-6 with a 4.28 ERA in 16 home outings last year, with opposing hitters batting .228 against him.

In 24 career efforts versus the Diamondbacks, Lincecum has put together a even 8-8 record and 3.58 ERA.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Giants as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won 16 of Lincecum’s last 21 starts versus division opponents. 

MLB Pick:  San Francisco Giants -142