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Betting Predictions For Giants Diamondbacks - National League West Contenders Collide This Weekend In Phoenix

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 5/8/2012 3:26:00 PM

The San Francisco Giants won the World Series in 2010. The Arizona Diamondbacks won the National League West last season. The two teams tangle in Arizona on Mothers Day weekend.

San Francisco Giants @ Arizona Diamondbacks – Series Overview

Game 1: Friday, May 11

If you are interested in betting on MLB this season, the upcoming three-game weekend series between San Francisco and Arizona offers many compelling pitching matchups, but it starts with a mismatch on the mound. San Francisco starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner touts a 2.31 earned-run average as he prepares to take the hill on Friday night. His lefty delivery has consistently confounded National League hitters all season. His big and lanky frame has enabled him to disguise his pitches and create a release point from which it is difficult for opposing batters to gauge the spin and angle of his deliveries.

Arizona's starter simply isn't in the same league as Bumgarner. Diamondback hurler Patrick Corbin, in his rookie season, has an ERA of exactly seven runs per game after two rocky starts. Corbin is just beginning to learn how to pitch. This is a time of training for him, an apprenticeship that is going to get more difficult before it morphs into something better. Bumgarner is ready to win big-league ballgames; Corbin is still trying to find his way in the intimidating world of the majors. The Giants have a substantial advantage in this game; it would be very surprising if they fell short against the Diamondbacks in game one.

MLB Betting Pick: San Francisco

Game 2: Saturday, May 12

When you look at what betting websites have to say on this second game of the three-game series, you will find it hard to go against the Giants. San Francisco will relish the fact that it will send Matt Cain to the mound in this game. Cain has Cy Young candidate written all over him. He posts a 2.38 ERA and has been a first-rate workhorse for the Giants and manager Bruce Bochy this year after signing a mega-dollar deal. The Giants have to think that they're getting a good return on their investment. Arizona will counter in this game with starter Trevor Cahill, who has a very respectable 3.26 earned-run average. Cahill is certainly quite good, but Cain has been better, and that's why the Giants should be the bettor's preferred choice in game two of this series on Saturday night.

MLB Betting Pick: San Francisco

Game 3: Sunday, May 13

This is the game that's harder to get a clear online sports book read on. Both of the starting pitchers - Barry Zito for the Giants and Joe Saunders for the Diamondbacks – have been superb this season. Zito has a 2.21 earned-run average, and Saunders is right there with him at 2.50. Ultimately, it's hard to think that the Diamondbacks will get swept, so they become the smart pick this Sunday in the final game of this series.

MLB Betting Pick: Arizona

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