Pregame Thoughts: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants
By Joseph Jacquez
The Arizona Diamondbacks play the San Francisco Giants in the first game of three at AT&T Park on Monday afternoon
The San Francisco Giants had to sit through all the hoopla and pomp and circumstance at Chase Field last Sunday, and now the Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks will switch roles before first pitch on Monday afternoon.
The Giants open up their 2017 home slate at a ballpark that fills to capacity nearly every game. They complied the fourth best winning percentage at home among National League teams in 2016 (.556). Since 1958, the Giants are 37-22 in home openers, including 13-4 at AT&T Park.
The Giants have sold out the last 489 games at AT&T; expect today’s game to sell out. Only the Los Angeles Dodgers have drawn three million or more fans in the last 15 seasons than the Giants.
On the flip side, the Diamondbacks are 13-6 in their last 19 games at AT&T Park. Here is what you need to know for the opener of this series.
What: Diamondbacks (6-1) at Giants (2-5)
When: 1:35 p.m. MST
Where: AT&T Park
Pitching Matchup: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-0, 6.00 ERA) vs. LHP Matt Moore (0-1, 5.06 ERA)
TV/Radio: FSAZ/Arizona Sports 98.7 F.M.
Live Stream: Fox Sports GO, MLB.tv
Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy at 1:00 p.m.
- Brandon Belt is hitting .333 with a home run in six career at-bats against Walker.
- Hunter Pence, Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford all have had success in limited at-bats off the Diamondbacks starter.
- Brandon Drury owns a .411 average in 11 career at-bats against Moore.
- Paul Goldschmidt has owned the Giants starter over his career. He has one home run and two RBI with a .455 at-bats in 11 at-bats.
- Jake Lamb has taken Moore deep once with three RBI.
- The Diamondbacks ranked second with a .276 batting average against southpaws, and they owned the best OPS (.720).
- Only Martin Prado (.424) hit better against left-handers than Yasmany Tomas’ .364 mark in 2016. Tomas compiled 47 hits off southpaws.
- Manager Torey Lovullo told Arizona Republic reporter Nick Piecoro before the game that pitcher Rubby De La Rosa is throwing his fastball in the mid-to-upper 90’s. Lovullo said the right-hander will face hitters in an extended spring training game this Wednesday.
- Piecoro also reported that reliever Jake Barrett threw live BP on April 5.
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