MLB Picks: Giants vs. Diamondbacks Series Coverage

Joe Freda

Friday, June 7, 2013 1:05 PM UTC

Friday, Jun. 7, 2013 1:05 PM UTC

Friday’s MLB betting has the Arizona Diamondbacks returning home to open a weekend set with the San Francisco Giants.

Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin (9-0, 2.06 ERA) puts his unbeaten mark on the line against Giants righty Matt Cain (4-3, 5.45 ERA), while Arizona enters with a 2 ½ game lead over San Francisco in the National League West standings. Let's have a peek at the baseball odds for this match-up and find a winner.

Giants sweep D-Backs at Chase

San Francisco pulled off a road sweep in its most recent trip to Chase Field, five weeks ago, outscoring the Diamondbacks by a combined 17-11 margin. Giants first baseman Brandon Belt homered twice in the series, finishing with six RBIs.

Cain gave up four runs over six frames in the set’s opener, surrendering three long balls as part of five hits allowed. Corbin did not take the hill but squared off with Cain in April’s 6-4 road win for the Diamondbacks, who cashed as 127 underdogs.

Corbin out-guns Cubs as road ‘chalk’

Corbin notched a seventh straight winning decision in Sunday’s 8-4 victory for Arizona as a 125 road favorite against the Chicago Cubs. The 23-year-old allowed four runs in a six-inning stint, giving up one homer to Chicago’s Scott Hairston.

Arizona’s Cody Ross and Wil Nieves drove in two runs each, uniting to hit 5-for-9. Ross poked his sixth double of the year, while mate Cliff Pennington left six men on base in a 1-for-4 day.

Cain lit up in St. Louis

Cain logged his first loss in eight starts with Saturday’s 8-0 defeat for San Francisco to the St. Louis Cardinals, failing to collect as a 131 road dog. The ninth-year hurler was shelled for seven runs in six innings, allowing nine hits.

San Francisco’s Gregor Blanco and Hunter Pence both went 0-for-4 at the plate, leaving five men on base. Giants catcher Buster Posey poked the team’s sole extra-base hit with a double, while mate Brandon Crawford finished 3-for-4.

Back the Giants as road dogs 

Bet365 opened Corbin as 139 home ‘chalk,’ while initial wagers on Cain drove the MLB odds south to 133. The ‘total’ was first set at a flat 8 ½, with early UNDER wagers adding a minus 115 premium.

I am backing Cain and the Giants at a plus price here, looking for Corbin’s string of victories to end in this spot. 

Cain has loosened up as of late, but has a 3-0 record over his last six outings against Arizona. San Francisco is 6-2 in Cain’s last eight road starts against the Diamondbacks, while going 5-1 in the hurler’s last six matchups against clubs with winning records.

Corbin is getting less tight on the hill, allowing a homer in both of his last two starts. The New York native has allowed a subpar 1.19 WHIP and .310 OBP at home, which should give the Giants’ bats their share of chances.

San Francisco’s Hunter Pence has a homer and triple in his 4-for-11 career mark facing Corbin, while Buster Posey and Brandon Belt have combined to hit 7-for-19. Look for the Giants to cash here for your MLB picks, adding to a 17-7 mark in their last 24 road spots against lefty starters.

Pick:  San Francisco Giants + 123 at Bet365

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