The San Francisco Giants travel to Phoenix to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday in the final game of a three-game series. The D-Backs won first two games of the series, and the results of Saturday’s game were not known at press time. The Giants are 18-25 and in last place in the NL West while the Diamondbacks are 25-120 and in 2nd place in the NL West. Left hander Drew Pomeranz (1-4) is pitching for the Giants, while left hander Robbie Ray (3-1) is pitching Diamondbacks. Game time is 4:10 p.m. ET at Chase Field.
Giants get blanked
The San Francisco Giants are just not very good right now. They are 18-25 and in last place in the NL West, 10.5 games behind the first place Dodgers. They dropped deeper into the abyss after a 7-0 loss to Arizona in the first game in this series on Friday. There wasn;t a whole lot of highlights for the Giants. Starter Jeff Samardzija pitched well enough, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits in 5.1 innings, but reliever Derek Holland got pounded for 4 runs in the 7th. Samardzija (2-2) took the loss. He got no run support, literally. Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, and Joe Panik each had two hits. It was their 5th loss in the last 7 games.
The Giants are the worst offensive team in baseball. They average 3.81 runs per game, which is 26th in the MLB. Okay, they aren’t statistically the worst, but they are pretty bad. They have a team batting average of .225 which is 25th in the league, and have a slugging percentage of .373, which is 26th in the MLB. They are 27th in home runs. Pablo Sandoval lead the team with a batting average of .284. along with 5 HRs and 14 RBIs. Buster Posey is batting .255 with 2 HRs and 13 RBIs, while Steven Duggar is hitting .252 with 3 home runs and 20 RBIs. Also, Joe Panik is hitting .250 with 2 HRs and 13 RBIs, while while Kevin Pillar is hitting .217 with team 6 HRs and 22 RBIs.
The Giants don’t pitch well either, which is a surprise as its typically a strong suit for them. They have a team ERA of 4.55, which is 19th in the league, and a WHIP of 1.31, which is 14th in the league. Left-hander Drew Pomeranz gets the start for the Giants. Pomeranz has simply not been very good this year. He is 1-4 with a 5.93 ERA.
Escobar and Peralta lead D-Backs
The Diamondbacks blanked the Giants on Friday 7-0 to improve to 25-20 for their second straight win. They are in second place in the NL West, 4.5 games behind the Dodgers. D-Backs starter Merrill Kelly got the win and improved to 4-4. He gave up 0 runs and 6 hits in 5.1 innings of work. The bullpen did the rest to complete the shutout. David Peralta hit a home run in the 4th to get Arizona on the board but the big hit was a bases loaded triple by Eduardo Escobar in the 7th. Adam Jones went 3 for 4 with an RBI while Ketel Marte went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Wilner Flores had 2 hits while Escobar had a hit and 3 RBIs.
The Diamondbacks are among the league’s best hitting teams. They average 5.2 runs per game, which is 8th in MLB, They are batting .261 as a team, which is 4th in the league, and they have a slugging percentage of .462, which is 4th. Peralta leads the D-backs with an average of .319 with 7 HRs and 30 RBIs, while Eduardo Escobar is hitting .290 with 9 HRs and 30 RBIs. Adam Jones is hitting .287 with 9 HRs and 26 RBIs. while Ketel Marte is batting .261 with 9 HRs and 31 RBIs. Also, Jarrod Dyson is batting .284, while Christian Walker is batting ,273 with 8 HRs and 18 RBIs.
The Diamondbacks are 12th in the league with a team ERA of 4.13. They have a WHIP of 1.30, which is 13th. Robbie Ray gets the start for the D-Backs. He’s been solid this year with a record of 3-1 and an ERA 3.14.
- Diamondbacks are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League West.
- Diamondbacks are 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Diamondbacks are 6-14 in their last 20 during game 3 of a series.
- Diamondbacks are 1-11 in their last 12 Sunday games.
- Diamondbacks are 4-0 in Rays last 4 starts.
- Diamondbacks are 4-1 in Rays last 5 starts on grass.
- Giants are 2-5 in their last 7 overall.
- Giants are 3-9 in their last 12 Sunday games.
- Giants are 7-22 in their last 29 during game 3 of a series.
- Giants are 3-10 in their last 13 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Giants are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Giants are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Giants are 1-4 in Pomeranzs last 5 starts on grass