Diamondbacks @ Giants – Series Preview (Aug 4-6): Pitching Matchups, Insights, TV/Game Info

After a big series win over the resurgent Chicago Cubs, the Diamondbacks head to San Fransisco to take on the Giants. At 42-68, this series looks like a slam dunk. That’s why they play the games. The Giants aren’t giving anything away in this one and there’s nothing they’d like more than to derail a division rival.

After this three-game series, the D-backs play three against the Dodgers, three against the Cubs and four against the Astros. So while you can’t really say this is a must-win series, you can certainly make a case that winning it would go a long way towards building confidence going into the D-backs toughest stretch of their remaining schedule.

Game Time and Broadcast Info

  • Friday, Aug 4 at 7:15 MT on FS-AZ, 98.7 FM
  • Saturday, Aug 5 at 6:05 MT on FS-AZ, 98.7 FM
  • Sunday, Aug 6 at 1:05 MT on FS-AZ, 98.7 FM

Starting Pitchers

Date Pitcher Age T W/L ERA FIP
8/4 Anthony Banda 23 L 0-1 6.35 3.68
Madison Bumgarner 28 L 1-4 2.92 3.34
8/5 Taijuan Walker 24 R 6-5 3.55 3.88
Chris Stratton 26 R 0-2 7.71 4.65
8/6 Patrick Corbin 28 L 8-10 4.77 4.45
Jeff Samardzjia 32 R 6-11 4.77 3.54

What To Watch For

  • The Diamondbacks have recalled LHP Anthony Banda to make a spot start while LHP Robbie Ray remains on the 7-day concussion DL. In Banda’s last outing, which was also his major-league debut, he pitched well for the most part, until the 6th inning. That’s when things went awry and the Nationals put up three runs. Torey Lovullo will keep a close eye on Banda on Friday and may need to go to the bullpen earlier than he’d prefer. If so, that could put a lot of pressure on the relievers given the heavy usage of them in Thursday’s marathon game against the Cubs that saw six different relievers used.
  • The Giants offense has been atrocious this season. They rank 29th in the league with a 6.2 fWAR and a likewise terrible batting average of .246 with only 87 home runs. In fact, they’re the only team in major-league baseball that has less than 100 home runs. If the D-backs can score early and often in this series, they should be able to win fairly easily.

Jon Strong

Jon is the editor and lead writer at Dbacks Insider. He is a life-long, passionate baseball fan who grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, playing stickball and watching baseball at the College World Series. He aims to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant Dbacks news and commentary every day.

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