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San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Preview

The Arizona Diamondbacks will try to get back to .500 when they host the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. Despite losing Friday’s series opener 11-5, the Diamondbacks are -125 favorites to win Saturday night.

Following Friday’s loss, Arizona is now in the midst of a five-game losing streak. The Diamondbacks were 10-4 during the first half of June, but things have gone south in a hurry over the past week. They have fallen a game under .500 and are now fourth in the NL West. On the bright side, they are just 2.5 games out of a wild-card spot.

Meanwhile, the Giants are a distant last place in the NL West. San Francisco actually had a promising four-game winning streak last week. But they’ve lost four of their last six games, including Friday’s win. The Giants now sit 10 games under .500 and are starting to think about what players they can trade before the deadline.

Not There Yet

Tyler Beede will start Saturday night for San Francisco. Once one of the team’s top prospects, Beede is yet to figure it out in the majors. In five starts and two relief outings this year, he has pitched to a 6.77 ERA. On the bright side, he gave up just one run on three hits over six innings in his last start, and that came against the mighty Dodgers, so he has something to build on. Of course, he flirted with danger in that start, walking five batters.

Against the Diamondbacks, Beede will face a lineup that’s missing a few pieces due to injury. However, he’ll have to deal with Ketel Marte, who has 17 hits in his last 25 at-bats, including seven extra-base hits. Christian Walker is also swinging a hot bat at the moment. However, the rest of the Arizona lineup has had trouble getting it going lately, which is part of the reason the Snakes have dropped five in a row.

Second Chance

The Diamondbacks will send Zack Godley to the mound on Saturday. Godley lost his rotation spot last month after a dreadful start to the season. But a recent injury to Jon Duplantier has opened up a spot in Arizona’s rotation, giving Godley a second chance to reclaim his spot. His time in the bullpen had actually been going well until Godley got tagged for six runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Nationals last week, creating doubt about how long he can be effective.

The good news is that the Giants have one of the weaker offensive teams in baseball. At the moment, Brandon Crawford, Kevin Pillar, and rookie Mike Yastrzemski are all going good. But nearly everyone else in San Francisco’s lineup is mired in a slump, including the likes of Buster Posey, Evan Longoria, and Brandon Belt. That could help Godley give the Diamondbacks four or five good innings.

Bad vs. Bad

It’s hard to buy into either of these teams winning a game right now. But as we learned on Friday, one of them has to win. Neither team offers much confidence, so going with the underdog makes sense, as they offer the better payout. Bet on the Giants to beat the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

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