He is slated to face Giants right-hander Chad Gaudin (1-1, 2.21 ERA). Which side looks best to back for our MLB picks, as the National League West’s top two clubs finish their weekend set?
Giants, Posey triumph to even series
San Francisco came away with Saturday’s 10-5 win as a minus 106 road choice, holding off the Diamondbacks after jumping out to an 8-0 lead. Giants catcher Buster Posey drilled a homer as part of a 2-for-4 night, capping off a six-run surge for his squad in the battle’s fourth inning.
Arizona’s Willie Bloomquist and A.J. Pollock drove in one run each from their lineup’s top two spots, while mates Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado were held to combined 0-for-7 outing. The Diamondbacks were edged out in hits, 15-8, with the contest soaring OVER the MLB Odds ‘total’ of eight.
Skaggs shelled in St. Louis
Skaggs logged a no-decision in his season’s second start, with Tuesday’s 7-6 win for Arizona as a 139 road dog against the St. Louis Cardinals. The 21-year-old gave up five earned runs over 5 2/3 IP, surrendering two homers as part of six hits.
Arizona saw a 6-3 lead erased, while pulling out the victory thanks to a go-ahead RBI from Goldschmidt in the 14th frame. Diamondbacks reliever Josh Collmenter picked up his staff’s win with four frames of shutout ball, followed by closer Heath Bell notching his 10th save.
Gaudin cashes for first win
Gaudin collected as a 147 road dog in Sunday’s 4-2 victory for San Francisco over the Cardinals, taking the hill as a starter for the first time this year. The 11-year veteran stood in for six frames, allowing two runs on four hits.
Giants relievers Jeremy Affeldt and Sergio Romo logged a hold and save, respectively, holding St. Louis to one hit each over the contest’s final three innings. San Francisco’s Buster Posey notched a 4-for-4 day at the plate, while mate Brandon Belt drove in two runs with a pinch-hit double.
Back Arizona as home ‘chalk’
Bet365 opened Skaggs as a 132 home favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at nine (UNDER minus 115). San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval (.289 BA, 37 RBIs) is listed as “questionable” due to a foot strain.
I am adding a ticket on Skaggs and Arizona to Sunday’s sports picks, looking for Kirk Gibson’s club to rebound from Saturday’s setback. The Diamondbacks are 5-1 in their last six spots that followed a defeat, while collecting at 5-2 in their most recent seven matchups facing right-handed starters.
Skaggs sole home start of the year saw the southpaw hold the Texas Rangers scoreless for six frames, giving up just three hits en route to nine strikeouts. The California native faces a Giants club that has logged a 2-5 mark in its last seven road games against a listed lefty.
Gaudin made one relief appearance against Arizona in April, logging his staff’s loss after allowing the Diamondbacks’ go-ahead run in a tight affair. The Diamondbacks’ lineup has had its share of success against the righty, with the trio of Jason Kubel, Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado hitting 14-for-27 combined.
Arizona is 4-1 in its last five games as home ‘chalk’ of minus 150 or less, while notching a 4-0 mark in its last four contests that followed a spot of allowing five runs or more. Look for the Diamondbacks to get the money again here.
MLB Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks -132 at Bet365