MLB Picks: Lincecum & Giants vs. Diamondbacks

Joe Freda

Friday, August 30, 2013 2:42 PM GMT

Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 2:42 PM GMT

The Arizona Diamondbacks are 3-2 over their last five contests, sitting six games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds in the National League’s Wild Card race.

Friday’s MLB betting has Arizona opening a weekend set with the San Francisco Giants, matching righties Randall Delgado and Tim Lincecum. 

D-backs, Giants fall short 

Arizona missed sweeping the San Diego Padres with Wednesday’s 5-1 defeat, failing to collect as 174 home ‘chalk.’  Diamondbacks shortstop Willie Bloomquist drove in his club’s sole run, while mates Adam Eaton and Gerardo Parra were held to a combined 0-for-9 night at the plate.

San Francisco was edged out in a 5-4 setback on the same card, dropping its finale to the Colorado Rockies as a 110 road favorite. Giants first baseman Brandon Belt poked his 29th double of the year, while logging one of his club’s two errors.

Delgado cashes in Philly

Delgado logged his third no-decision in four starts with Saturday’s 12-7 victory for Arizona over the Philadelphia Phillies, cashing as a 114 road favorite. The Panama native allowed three runs over six frames, surrendering a pair of home runs.

The lengthy affair went on to last 18 innings, with the Diamondbacks piling on five late runs. Arizona’s Trevor Cahill notched his staff’s win with four innings on the hill, while helping his own cause with the team’s final RBI.

Lincecum ends skid at home

Lincecum picked up his first win in three outings on the same night, with San Francisco’s 6-3 triumph as a 129 home dog against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 29-year-old gave up three runs through 5 1/3 innings, while tossing eight strikeouts.

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval logged two RBIs, while mates Buster Posey and Gregor Blanco united to hit 5-for-9. San Francisco’s Sergio Romo anchored six relievers for his 31st save, holding Pittsburgh to one hit in the final frame.

Back the UNDER in Arizona

Delgado opened as a 125 home favorite at The Greek, while early wagers on Arizona lifted the MLB odds to minus 128. The ‘total’ was first posted at eight, with initial OVER betting driving the number north a ‘hook’ to 8 ½.

I am going against the ‘steam’ here, adding the UNDER in this duel to Friday’s sports picks.

Delgado has held foes to 13 earned runs over his last five home starts (33 IP), including a nine-frame shutout last month of the San Diego Padres. San Francisco has had the UNDER cash at 5-0-1 in its last six spots against righty starters, while going 6-0 in the team’s most recent six road dates against clubs with winning records.

Lincecum has had his share of loose outings, but has surrendered just six homers on the road all year (70 1/3 IP). “The Freak” has seen the UNDER cash at a 4-2 clip over his last six starts away from home, holding rivals to 16 earned runs over the span’s 38 2/3 IP.

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The UNDER is 3-2 in the last five meetings between these foes at Chase Field, while going 5-2-1 in the most recent eight matchups overall. Look for another UNDER ticket to cash here, with a close contest down the stretch.

MLB Pick: UNDER 8 ½ at even money with 5Dimes

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