Diamondbacks Pitching Matchups vs Giants


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After suffering another sweep at the hands of the National League Central’s elite, this time the Chicago Cubs, the Arizona Diamondbacks will be relieved to return home. Actually, the Dbacks had a terrible homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals (four game sweep) and Oakland Athletics as well. At least, it’ll be nice seeing the San Francisco Giants.

Well, actually the Dbacks were also swept by the Giants the last time they visited Chase Field. It feels like the word sweep is coming up a lot. Anyways, here’s a preview of the pitching matchups between these two NL West foes. A pair of rookies will face off. The Dbacks will look to tee off an a struggling veteran. Could Arizona be facing off against one of their free agent targets this winter?

Aug 26, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) throws during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Leake (9-7, 3.49 ERA, 108 K) vs Patrick Corbin (4-3, 3.67 ERA, 56 K)

Leake, the former Cincinnati Red, was acquired by Giants before the July 31st MLB Trade Deadline. Leake has yet to grab his first win as a San Francisco Giant, but has a serviceable ERA of 3.16 with the Bay Area team. Leake’s last start was a seven inning, two run quality start against the Los Angeles Dodgers in which he took the loss. The Arizona State University product will be a free agent this winter and is a potential target for the Dbacks rotation.

Corbin has slowly been able to produce more admirable outings. Corbin’s last start was a victorious one against the Colorado Rockies. He went 6.1 innings and allowed two runs, qualifying for a quality start. It was his second consecutive quality start. In his last two starts, he’s given up a total of three runs, but all three runs have come by the way of the homerun.

  • Leake vs Dbacks (Career): 44.2 IP, 4-0, 4.83 ERA, 28 K
  • Corbin vs Giants (Career): 55.2 IP, 2-4, 4.20 ERA, 42 K

Sep 2, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Chase Anderson (57) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Vogelsong (9-11, 4.58 ERA, 100 K) vs Chase Anderson (6-5, 4.26 ERA, 94 K)

Vogelsong is the ageless vet who’s been around since before the Dbacks had a World Championship to their name. The 38-year old hasn’t thrown over five innings in an outing in over three weeks. His last outing was a three inning performance in which he surrendered eight runs. Vogelsong has pitched more innings against the Dbacks in his career than the three combined Arizona starters have pitched against the Giants in their careers.

Anderson, who was once the symbol of consistency in the Arizona rotation, has put out decent outings as of late. In his last three starts, two of them have been quality starts. Anderson’s last start was against Colorado and he went five innings, while giving up three runs. Anderson will look to end the season on a positive note after a disastrous summer.

  • Vogelsong vs Dbacks (Career): 111.1 IP, 4-8, 4.93 ERA, 81 K
  • Anderson vs Giants (Career): 10.2 IP, 1-1, 5.91 ERA, 5 K

Aug 22, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Godley throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Heston (11-9, 3.54 ERA, 115 K) vs Zack Godley (4-1, 3.62 ERA, 25 K)

The last game of the series features a pair of rookies. Heston has been nothing but exceptional in his rookie campaign. If it wasn’t for a certain third baseman in Chicago, Heston would be a legitimate candidate for the NL Rookie of the Year award. Heston has been impressive against the Dbacks in his young career, but has lost his last four decisions. Heston’s ERA was 5.79 in August.

Godley stormed onto the scene and won his first three starts and had a 1.50 ERA while doing it. Godley then jumped up and down from Arizona to the minors. Godley picked up another win via relief, but is coming off his first MLB defeat. Godley was handled by the Cubs, the team that drafted and traded him. He wasn’t able to make it past four innings, but gave up six runs and also walked six.

  • Heston vs Dbacks (Career): 18.2 IP, 2-1, 1.45 ERA, 17 K
  • Godley has never faced the Giants

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