Your comp winner from Matt Rivers for Wednesday is on the Diamondbacks.
This is certainly far from a play that I truly endorse but on this end of the season semi crappy slate I’ll take my chances fading the San Francisco offense at this number. No Arizona is not very good and is well inferior when compared to the Giants and Rodrigo Lopez is not as good as Jonathan Sanchez, I admit all of that. But the G-Men routinely score low run totals and even if their pitching has been beyond amazing limiting much of anything of late I will take my chances that Bruce Bochy’s offense will once again be very mediocre. Plus Lopez is at least a professional hurler who is coming off of a solid last month as his era is in the 2’s in September.
The Diamondbacks are certainly finishing up a second straight poor season but there is some talent there with Young, Drew, Johnson and LaRoche. Three of these guys do bat from the left side which is tough against a hard throwing southpaw but all in all there is the potential for the San Francisco bats to get can get shut down a bit and we could very easily see both starters go deep into this thing in a low scoring affair that can go either way.
It’s asking a lot of the snakes as the Giants are pitching out of their minds and need this game but at this price I’ll hope for a run or two and another solid effort from Lopez. More than likely San Fran will find a way to win this game but at this price why not?
The pick: Arizona +198 at 5 Dimes
Courtesy of OddsShark.com: Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Rays look to strengthen their playoff position against the Orioles, while the Giants begin a home series against the Diamondbacks.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The American League schedule for Tuesday has Detroit at Cleveland, the Yankees at Toronto, Seattle at Texas, Minnesota at Kansas City, Boston at the White Sox, Oakland at the Angels, and Baltimore at Tampa Bay. Brad Bergesen (8-10, 4.90 ERA) will get the ball for the Orioles on Tuesday, while the Rays counter with David Price (18-6, 2.84 ERA). Righthander Bergesen is coming off a strong outing against the Red Sox last time out, surrendering one run on five hits over six innings of work in a victory. Lefthander Price got back into the win column against the Yankees in his most recent start, giving up three runs on eight hits over six innings of work, while striking out seven.
Over in the National League on Tuesday it’s then Philadelphia at Washington, Milwaukee at the Mets, Houston at Cincinnati, Florida at Atlanta, Pittsburgh at St. Louis, the Dodgers at Colorado, the Cubs at San Diego, and Arizona at San Francisco. The Diamondbacks will send Rodrigo Lopez (7-14, 5.04 ERA) to the hill in that last matchup, while the Giants give the ball to Jonathan Sanchez (11-9, 3.16 ERA). Righthander Lopez picked up a win over the Rockies in his last start, allowing four runs on five hits over his five innings of work. Lefthander Sanchez was a hard-luck loser against the Cubs in his last start, surrendering two runs (one earned) on four hits over 5 2-3 innings.
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