Tim Hudson (7-8, 4.42 ERA) and Jeremy Hellickson (9-9, 4.78 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (77-71) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (71-77) at AT&T Park. The Diamondbacks won the last game 6-0 and Arizona leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 20 and can be seen on FSAZ and CSBy.
Hudson pitched 4.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out one and walking three in a 5-3 defeat to the Reds. Buster Posey (.327, 70 Rs, 18 HRs, 90 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Hellickson went 1.0 innings, surrendering three runs (two unearned), striking out one and walking two in a 10-3 defeat to the Padres in his most recent start. David Peralta (.308, 57 Rs, 15 HRs, 73 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base.
San Francisco is a -160 favorite against Arizona and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Giants have an overall money line of +33 and a record as the favorite of 45-31. San Francisco is an impressive 5-2 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Giants lead the NL in hits with an impressive 9.2 per game. San Francisco strikes out the least of any team in the NL at home, with only 6.8 per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Arizona has a 38-47 record and an overall money line of -317. They are 16-20 as the underdog against NL West opponents, and 31-33 SU. The Diamondbacks are an excellent base stealing team with 124 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB.
The Diamondbacks lead the season series, 11-7. The Giants have a 59-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hellickson takes the mound. Hudson (RHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have a 53-57 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
The Giants are 33-32 against their divisional rivals, while the Diamondbacks are 32-33 against their division.
For the 11th time this season, the Giants registered at least two errors in a game.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Giants are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Diamondbacks have an 11-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
It looks like the Diamondbacks have a slight leg up on the Giants, as the Diamondbacks have won their last two games while the Giants have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 50-19. The Giants have a 67-12 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th in runs, San Francisco has earned 637 this season. Arizona ranks fourth with 662 runs.
Ranking 17th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 412 this season. Arizona ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 449.
The Giants are 53-25 when they hit at least one home run. The Diamondbacks perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 51-32 record.