The Diamondbacks held on for a 1-0 victory in last night's series opener, and they'll be looking for another win this evening against San Francisco. Who are we siding with when finalizing our MLB picks?
Even though Ryan Vogelsong hasn't been the model of consistency this season, he'll be leading the Giants out as huge MLB betting favorites for tonight's matchup.
As of now, San Francisco is listed in the -150 to -160 range to secure the victory, while the Diamondbacks are anywhere from +140 to +150 underdogs at most sportsbooks. If you're leaning towards making a play on the total with your MLB picks, the number is at 7.5 runs for now, with even action coming in on both the OVER and UNDER.
San Francisco Giants (Vogelsong)
The Giants have dropped two in a row, after losing a series finale in New York against the Mets before coming up empty against Chase Anderson and the Diamondbacks yesterday. The San Francisco bats went ice cold, as they were only able to muster up two hits in the 1-0 defeat.
With the Giants now at 34-28 and quickly losing ground on the Dodgers in the division, they'll know how important it is to get back on track and even up the series tonight. They'll send out Vogelsong, who's gone 4-4 with a 4.52 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 12 appearances (10 starts) thus far in 2015.
Vogelsong hasn't been having a very successful season overall, but the right-hander has been much more effective at home, showcasing dramatically different splits at AT&T Park than on the road. He's only allowed seven earned runs in four starts at home, while sporting a dreadful 6.31 ERA in seven appearances outside of San Francisco.
Arizona Diamondbacks (Webster)
After ending a four-game losing streak with last night's win, the Diamondbacks moved to 28-32 for the season. They're in fourth place in the NL West but find themselves 7.5 games back of Los Angeles, who has kicked things into high gear and started pulling away from the rest of the pack
Getting the best of Madison Bumgarner, at AT&T Park no less, is exactly what Arizona needed, and getting the job done again this evening is next on the agenda. Allen Webster has been called up from the minors and will take Josh Collmenter's spot in the rotation, and this will be Webster's first start of the season.
Webster hasn't done well at all in the majors so far in his young career, posting a forgettable ERA of 6.25 to go with a 1.58 WHIP, and he was struggling at the AAA level too before getting the call-up. Needless to say, we're not expecting a top-notch quality outing from the young righty tonight, especially against a Giants team that will want to make amends after yesterday's dud.
This seems like a great bounce-back situation for the Giants.
Although they weren't able to get anything going against Anderson last night, we expect San Francisco to have more success at the plate against Webster, who has never had success at the Major League level. He's making his first start of the season tonight and we don't think it's going to go all that well.
Vogelsong hasn't been great by any stretch of the imagination, but he's actually performed a lot better at home (2.25 ERA over 28 innings) this season, so that bodes well for the Giants. All in all, we don't see San Francisco losing a third straight here, not against Webster in their own ballpark. With that said, we're adding the Giants to our collection of MLB picks and will even go as far as to add them on the run-line.
MLB Pick: San Francisco Giants -1.5 (+150) at The Greek