After 2 losses in Australia to the L.A. Dodgers, the Arizona Diamondbacks (0-2) get back home and look to face a San Francisco Giants (0-0) team that is coming off of a very disappointing season. That said, the Giants are still the favorites in this matchup.
After the 2 losses, odds makers have the Giants as a -120 betting favorite and the total for the game is 8 runs.
Will the Giants revert back to their old form of 2 years ago which saw them as one of the top teams in baseball?
A Vote Of Confidence
The Giants are a team that wins with their pitching and 24 year old Madison Bumgarner has been named the starter for tonight’s game.
The left-hander is coming off of a more than respectable 13-9 with a 2.77 ERA in 2013 for a losing ball club. He’ll be opposed by Brandon McCarthy (5-11, 4.53) for the D’Backs. The D’Backs pitching staff has been hit by injuries. If Arizona were to win this ball game, it would have to be with their bats.
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One of the players that the D’Backs will be looking for leadership from will be Paul Goldschmidt. Last season, Goldy led the National League in home runs and runs batted in. Thus far in the two games this season, Goldschmidt is a respectable 4 for 9 with 1 run scored. He’s the hardest hitter in this ball game and could possibly be a difference maker if Bumgarner gets off to a slow start to the season.
Arizona finished last season at 81-81, but will be hard pressed to improve upon that mark if they remain injury-ridden.
The Giants don’t have that one superstar hitter on their squad. Catcher, Buster Posey, is the closest player that’s considered a superstar. Posey has noted that he has a bitter taste in his mouth from last season and if he can stay healthy, the Giants will be much improved. Posey (15 HR, 72 RBI, .294), will be licking his chops at the thought of McCarthy starting for the Diamondbacks.
Another player that can make an impact is the “Panda”, Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval is ready to go as he’s lost a significant amount of weight in the offseason. Look for a much improved season out of Sandoval. Another “complimentary” player that could make a difference is Hunter Pence. Pence had a small stretch late last season in which he was on fire. If he could play like that more often, this a possible superstar.
Against Brandon McCarthy, Hunter Pence is a career 7 for 13 with 2 doubles, 1 home run and 1 run batted in. Look for Pence to get off to a quick start this season.
Although Paul Goldchmidt is a stud, the rest of his team is mere average when at full strength. With Brandon McCarthy starting, this puts the D’Backs at a major disadvantage, even at home. Take the Giants on the road and lay the juice.