Jeremy Hellickson (1-5, 4.52 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (1-1) go up against Matt Cain (2-7, 4.18 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (1-1) in the last of a three-game division series at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks won the last game 7-6 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 9:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 8 and will air on CSN-BAY and FSN-AZ+.
Hellickson takes the mound after pitching 63.2 innings last season, finishing 1-5 with a 4.52 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 54 strikeouts. Paul Goldschmidt (.333 ) continued his strong start to the season yesterday, going 2 for 2 with two runs and one stolen base. In his career against the Diamondbacks, Cain is 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 157 strikeouts. Buster Posey (.429 ) has been doing well to start the season for the Giants, going 3 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Arizona is a -125 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. The Diamondbacks typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 4.0 walks per game.
One of the top hitting teams in the NL are the Giants, who average 11.5 hits per game. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the San Francisco batters, who rank fourth in the NL with 7.5 strikeouts per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
The total has gone OVER in 10 of San Francisco's last 13 games.
San Francisco is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of San Francisco's last 7 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco's last 6 games when playing Arizona.
San Francisco is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Arizona.
San Francisco is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Arizona.
The Diamondbacks and the Giants both stand at 1-1 against their division.
The San Francisco batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. Arizona has a record of 1-1 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
Both Arizona and San Francisco are tied at fourth in runs, each scoring 11 this season.
Ranking ninth, San Francisco is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching five this season. Arizona ranks in the top five at second with eight.
When the Diamondbacks hit at least one home run, they are 1-0. When the Giants hit at least one homer, they have a 0-1 record.