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Series Preview: First-place Giants visit skidding Snakes

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Diamondbacks need more positive moments ( Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
Diamondbacks need more positive moments ( Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
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Tale of the Tape:

Offense: Giants (.264/.335/.402, 4th in NL in runs), Diamondbacks (.269/.329/.439, 5th in NL in runs)

Pitching: Giants (3.59 ERA, 5th in NL), Diamondbacks (4.66 ERA, 13th in NL)

While glancing at their records, it’s surprising how similar the Giant and Diamondback offenses are. San Francisco enters Thursday holding a mere +4 run differential, and Arizona actually has a higher batting average and slugging percentage. So what attributes to the

13.5 games that separates the two teams?

That’s where the pitching comes in. Both teams were hailed for their offseason pitching acquisitions, but San Francisco’s additions have fared much better. Johnny Cueto, who turned down an offer from the Diamondbacks in the offseason, has turned into a second ace for the Giants alongside Madison Bumgarner. Arizona, in turn, went a different route in signing Zack Greinke and trading for Shelby Miller. Greinke has finally come around after a dreadful start to the season, while Miller is still trying to find his way. Each has contributed to the teams’ disappointingly high ERA and poor record thus far this season.

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