MLB Regular Season
Matchup: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks
Date/Time: July 19, 4:10 p.m. ET
Pitching Matchup: Madison Bumgarner (9-5, 3.33) vs. Patrick Corbin (1-1, 5.40)
MLB Betting Odds From BetDSI Sportsbook
Moneyline: San Francisco -125
The San Francisco Giants struggled prior to the All-Star Break, but you wouldn’t know it from how they have played in the first two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants have a shot at a sweep on Sunday afternoon with their ace on the mound, as Madison Bumgarner and Patrick Corbin face off at Chase Field. The Giants endured a seven-game losing streak that began on the last day of June, but they have now rallied with wins in six of their last seven games. The Diamondbacks have dropped five straight.
The Giants offense has been the big story so far this weekend. San Francisco won 6-5 in extra innings on Friday night and jumped all over Chase Anderson for an 8-4 victory on Saturday. Buster Posey had four RBI in Saturday’s win to pace the offense and got plenty of help from his friends. The Diamondbacks are back to being inconsistent. After scoring eight runs in three games in a series sweep against the New York Mets, the Diamondbacks have been plagued by poor pitching this weekend.
Madison Bumgarner has a great opportunity to pitch his team to a sweep on Sunday. Bumgarner has consistenly been one of the game’s top pitchers since his first full season in 2010 and that has not changed this season. He has the best K/BB ratio of his career and sports a 3.33 ERA with a 3.29 FIP and a 3.17 xFIP on the season. His command has been a little bit worse than usual, with 14 home runs allowed in 119 innings pitched, but he is unquestionably one of the game’s top pitchers. The Giants have not given Bumgarner a whole lot of support this season, but he has still managed nine wins against just five losses.
This will be the third start of the season for Patrick Corbin, who missed the entire 2014 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Corbin has averaged five innings per start and has shown good control, but his command has been lacking. Corbin has allowed three home runs in his 10 innings so far, leading to a 5.40 ERA with a 5.66 FIP. All three home runs allowed came in Corbin’s last start against the New York Mets. The Mets only had four hits off the southpaw, but three of them left the yard.
The Diamondbacks entered play on Saturday with the fourth-ranked wOBA against left-handed pitching, while the Giants checked in at 13th. The Diamondbacks are aided by their park factor, however, as their wRC+ is just 100. The Giants have a 102 wRC+ since AT&T Park is such a poor park for hitters. The big difference between the two teams is that the Giants have not hit for a whole lot of power against lefties, whereas the Diamondbacks have a .404 SLG, which ranks in the top 10.
MLB Prediction: San Francisco Giants
The Giants have a really good offense now that all of their pieces are back in the lineup. The Diamondbacks have a solid offense as well, but Bumgarner is a different kind of pitcher and the Diamondbacks are really struggling as a pitching staff right now. That should give the Giants the edges that they need to complete the sweep on Sunday.