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Where: Oracle Park, San Francisco California
When: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 4:05 pm Eastern
We have a National League West game to consider for Saturday afternoon when the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants meet under partly cloudy skies and temps in the mid-sixties for game two of a three-game series. This preview is written prior to the conclusion of Friday nights action and all opinions are based on the stats from the conclusion of the contests from Thursday night.
Arizona is third in the National League West and plans on righty Taylor Clarke to get the start for Arizona. San Francisco is last in the NL West and hopes lefty Andrew Suarez can quiet the Diamondbacks bats on Saturday afternoon. I’m the Flash and will be discussing this game with you today.
Wilmer Flores Broken Foot
Arizona is one of eight National League teams having outscored its opponents this season and is a .500 team overall this season and has an above .500 road record of 14-12 this season. One of the bright spots for Arizona is their bullpen in general and the four blown saves on 17 opportunities this season. That is a big improvement over the Arizona bullpen and its 57 percent save success rate in 2018. Closer Greg Holland leads the way with eight saves and recorded his first blown save against the Tampa Bay Rays this past Wednesday.
— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) May 22, 2019
The Diamondbacks has a large injury report featuring infielder Wilmer Flores who is out for the foreseeable future with a foot injury. Flores has a .326 OBP with two bombs and 14 RBI over 128 at-bats this season for the Diamondbacks.
Clarke (0-1, 2.00 ERA) is listed as the starting pitcher for Arizona and has just one start to the season with a save and a 2.00 ERA but his 4.21 xFIP suggests maybe Clarke has been very lucky and could see some regression at some point this season. Clarke strikes out four without a walk or a home run allowed over nine innings pitched this season.
Clarke is an extreme ground ball pitcher and that should bode well against a Giants side with a .161 ISO against right-handed pitching. Clarke isn’t known as a power pitcher and that’s a shame against a Giants team with a 25 percent strikeout rate, but Clarke might still be able to take advantage of this. The Giants has a low walk rate of seven percent and Clarke has had some control issues at AAA but shouldn’t have that many problems with the Giants on Saturday.
Giants Last Place in NL West
The Giants reside in the last place in the NL West and is 10.5 games behind the Dodgers for the top spot in the West. They’ve been outscored by 52 runs this season and has a record of 10 wins and 15 losses at home. It’s difficult in MLB to win games anywhere and the Giants make it difficult on themselves by scoring just over three runs per game at Oracle Park this season.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 23, 2019
The Giants don’t have many injuries listed but shortstop Brandon Crawford is listed as questionable for Friday night with a case of pink eye. Crawford has a .276 OBP with three bombs and 12 RBI over 164 at bats this season and would be missed in the Giants lineup.
Suarez (0-1, 4.50 ERA) is coming off his first start of the season, a six-inning four-hit loss at home against the Atlanta Braves. Suarez allowed two bombs with four walks and five strikeouts and threw 97 pitches. Suarez has a 4.50 ERA but his 4.68 xFIP suggests maybe Suarez was a bit lucky against Atlanta. Suarez strikes out 7.50, walks six and allows three home runs per nine innings pitched this season.
Suarez has been primarily a groundball pitcher and is up against a Diamondbacks offense that boasts a .218 ISO that could leave Suarez and his three bombs, and six walks allowed per nine innings pitched in big trouble. Arizona only walks six percent of the time and Suarez might get a few free outs with the Diamondbacks 21 percent strikeout rate.
- 1-4 last 5 Saturday games.
- 5-11 last 16 home games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Maybe we get a good price for the Diamondbacks on Saturday afternoon because I think they are going to win this game. Suarez is likely pitching for a job at this point and he will have a difficult time Saturday against those mashers from Arizona. Clarke seems like he could be pretty good and he’ll be up against a Giants team scoring just over three runs per game at home this season. Cash with the Flash and play the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Full-Game Total Pick
This game could have a big total and the bigger the better as we Cash with the Flash by playing the under on Saturday. The Giants have a difficult time scoring runs and Arizona might have big numbers but recently hasn’t performed up to their stats. I saw the following trend I think might be helpful on Saturday afternoon;
- Under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Cash with the Flash and play the under on Saturday afternoon!!