Diamondbacks vs Giants Prediction - MLB Picks 7/31/23

San Francisco Giants (58-48) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (56-50)

Game Info: Monday, July 31, 2023 at 9:45 pm (Oracle Park)

Ross Stripling (0-4) (5.52) vs Ryne Nelson (6-5) (4.97)

Betting Odds: San Francisco Giants / Arizona Diamondbacks --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Arizona Diamondbacks will head to the Bay to begin a divisional series with the San Francisco Giants this Monday from Oracle Park.

Diamondbacks Preview & Projected Starter

Arizona moved to 56-50 after dropping two of three to Seattle. The Diamondbacks are slithering in the wrong direction at an inconvenient time, and they’ll look to turn things around before hitting the road next week. The Arizona offense is scoring 4.34 runs per game, while batting .257, with a .326 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.41 ERA, with a 1.34 WHIP. 

Ryne Nelson (6-5, 4.97 ERA, 74 Ks) will take the mound for Arizona. The sophomore pitcher didn’t contain St. Louis very well last week, allowing five runs through six innings en route to a DBacks loss. Nelson has been a solid piece to the rotation this season, but he’s still vulnerable to being blown up at times. Nelson’s last eight road starts have gone relatively well, as he’s allowed no more than two runs in seven of them, while posting a 4-0 record. One of those performances happens to include an outing in the Bay against the Giants, where he tossed seven innings of one-run ball, and he’ll attempt to replicate that effort here. 

DBacks Player Trends & Props

Corbin Carroll only had one hit in the Seattle series, so he may be due here, and he’s posting nice splits of .282/21/57. 

Ketel Marte has recorded a hit in eleven of the last thirteen games, and he’s first on the team in batting (.296) and hits (113), with seventeen homers and 55 RBI.

Christian Walker has totaled two bases or more in six of the previous eight games, and he leads Arizona in home runs (22) and RBI (68).   

Evan Longoria will miss his return to the Bay after picking up an injury in the St. Louis series.


Giants Preview & Projected Starter

San Francisco comes in at 56-47 after taking two of three from Boston. The Giants snapped a seven-game skid by winning four of five in interleague play, and they’ll now look to create some space between themselves and the DBacks here at home. The San Francisco offense is scoring 4.81 runs per game, while batting .250, with a .326 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.89 ERA, with a 1.29 WHIP. 

Alex Cobb (6-3, 2.97 ERA, 91 Ks) will start for San Francisco. The twelfth-year righty bounced back with a gem across the bridge in Oakland, striking out nine over six scoreless frames, but he criminally didn’t earn the win due to no run support. Cobb has come alive and turned his career around in California over these past three years, and he’ll look to close a strong month of July out here. Cobb has allowed two runs or less in six of eight starts since the beginning of June, and he tossed a 7.1-inning shutout against Arizona back in May. 

Giants Player Trends & Props

Mike Conforto reached base in all three matchups with Boston, and he leads the Giants in RBI (52), with thirteen homers.

J.D Davis homered in the game two win, and he leads SFG in hits (85) and home runs (14), with 52 RBI. 

Wilmer Flores recorded multiple hits in the final two victories over the Sox, and he’s posting splits of .300/13/34.

Corey’s Free Pick

Arizona may face a stiff test here in game one with Alex Cobb set to go at home. San Francisco won games and pennants through pitching for years, and Cobb is having one of those “Giants pitcher” seasons. The first-time All-Star gives SFG a good chance to win every time he goes out, and with division supremacy at stake, I think the hosts capitalize with their most consistent arm on the mound. Back San Francisco this Monday night.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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