Giants Trying to Climb Above .500
The San Francisco Giants try to extend their three-game winning streak when they begin a four-game series with the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night. San Francisco swept a three-game home series with the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend and is in third place in the National League West, 6½ games behind the second-place San Diego Padres.
Arizona has won two in a row and is in fourth place in the division standings, four games behind the Giants. These teams have played a bunch already this season, so to help you with your bet online, read our in-depth preview of Monday night’s contest.
Walker Sparks Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been a bit up and down offensively, but playing in Denver over the weekend, they averaged 5.3 runs over a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies, including seven in a victory on Sunday. First baseman Christian Walker had the big bat in Sunday’s win with four hits, three for extra bases, and four RBIs in the victory.
“I think if anything else, I can tone down my effort level because I don’t have to hit it 110 miles per hour for it to go out here,” Walker said after Sunday’s win. “Sometimes it’s just about catching it right and some spin on the ball right. I think maybe that little lower effort level makes you a little bit more efficient. I think you just when you’re not trying as hard, I think you’re a little bit freer.”
Walker had a 460-foot home run among his four hits, adding two doubles. Walker is batting .218 with 17 doubles, a triple, 27 home runs, 67 RBIs and 53 runs scored.
Infielder Josh Rojas was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored on Sunday. Rojas is batting .279 with 16 doubles, a triple, seven home runs, 37 RBIs, and 47 runs scored in 83 games.
Left-hander Madison Bumgarner will be on the mound for Monday’s series opener, facing the team with which he spent the first 11 seasons of his major league career. Bumgarner is 6-11 with a 4.13 ERA in 23 starts, striking out 88 in 122 innings. The 33-year-old is 0-1 with a 6.94 ERA in two starts in August, including a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday in which he allowed five earned runs on eight hits while striking out eight and walking two.
Giants Trying to Get Back into Wild Card Race
The San Francisco Giants haven’t been the powerhouse club they were a season ago, when they had the best regular-season record in the majors, but they’re trying to at least get back to the postseason. Three straight wins over the weekend started a string of 12 straight games against teams with worse records than the Giants, so they’re hoping to make up some ground in this stretch.
Right-hander Alex Cobb will make his 19th start in Monday’s series opener. Cobb is 3-6 with a 4.15 ERA, striking out 100 in 93.1 innings. Cobb took a no-decision in his last start, going five innings against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday and allowing three runs on six hits, including a home run, while striking out seven and walking two.
Shortstop Thairo Estrada was the hero of Sunday’s win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning to win the game for the Giants. Estrada is batting .268 with 17 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs, 47 RBIs and 51 runs scored.
Outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. homered for the second straight game and the third time in five games on Sunday. Wade is batting .200 with four doubles, a triple, seven home runs, 21 RBIs and 14 runs scored in 41 games.
Diamondbacks vs Giants Head-To-Head
The Arizona Diamondbacks have had the upper hand in this season’s series against the San Francisco Giants, taking six of the first nine meetings. San Francisco is 2-1 at home against Arizona, continuing a trend that has seen them go 17-2 at Oracle Park against the Diamondbacks since the start of the 2020 campaign.
Arizona is looking to win the season series from its division rival for the first time since 2019, when it won 10 of the 19 matchups. The MLB lines for Monday’s series opener are favoring the host Giants to get off to a winning start.
Diamondbacks vs Giants Game Information
- Game: Diamondbacks (53-61) vs Giants (57-57)
- Location: Oracle Park, San Francisco
- Day/Time: Monday, Aug. 15, 9:45 p.m. ET
- Live stream: fubo.tv
Diamondbacks vs Giants Betting Lines
|Team||Run Line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
M. Bumgarner -L
|+1½ -130||+165||8 Evo||3½ +110o
|San Francisco Giants
A. Cobb -R
|-1½ +110||-185||8 -120u||
Diamondbacks vs Giants Prediction
The Arizona Diamondbacks have shown some pop of late, but the San Francisco Giants are starting to put things together. Needing to get back in the wild card race, the Giants are going to come out on top in the series opener.
When making your MLB picks, take San Francisco to get the home win.