A month ago, this weekend’s three-game series between the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks looked as if it might help determine the National League West champion. Instead, it’s likely just another series on the Giants’ victory tour. San Francisco leads the Dodgers by seven games and the Diamondbacks by 10 with just 19 games to play, and both Los Angeles and Arizona have understandably turned their attention toward the wild card race. The Diamondbacks are coming off consecutive one-run victories over the Dodgers, and they’ve won seven of 12 games against San Francisco this season.
The Giants have won 10 of their last 15 games and 20 of their last 30, but they’re eager to get third baseman Pablo Sandoval untracked before the postseason. Sandoval is hitting .222 (22-for-99) with just three extra-base hits in 27 games since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 13, and he hasn’t homered in his last 36 games and 142 at-bats. Sandoval was rested Wednesday in favor of Joaquin Arias, who is hitting .368 (28-for-76) with three homers and 18 RBI since Aug. 1. In Arizona, the Diamondbacks are eager to take an extended look at rookie Adam Eaton in center field. Eaton, who led all minor leaguers in average, hits and runs this season, has started seven straight games while Chris Young is out with a sore quadriceps muscle.
Giants Diamondbacks Betting
When: 9:40 PM ET, Friday, September 14, 2012
Where: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
TV: 9:40 p.m. ET, NBC Bay Area (San Francisco), FS Arizona (Arizona)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Matt Cain (13-5, 2.96 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks LH Tyler Skaggs (1-1, 4.43)
Cain is winless in his last three starts, but he turned in a quality outing last Saturday against the Dodgers when he gave up two runs over 7 1/3 innings. Cain, who is 5 2/3 innings away from reaching the 200 innings mark for the sixth consecutive season, is 11-6 with a 3.53 ERA in 25 career starts against the Diamondbacks.
Skaggs is set to make his fifth start of the year after battling a stomach bug and yielding a career-high five runs over three innings last Friday against the Padres. Skaggs, who has allowed two runs of fewer in three of his four starts, earned a no-decision against Los Angeles after allowing one run over five innings on Sept. 1.
1. Arizona closer J.J. Putz is listed as day-to-day after missing the last two games with a stiff back.
2. Giants INF Marco Scutaro is batting 61-for-179 (.341) with hits in 35 of 44 games since being traded from Colorado in late July.
3. The Giants are scoring an average of 5.26 runs per game on the road, which leads the majors.