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Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants

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Apr 10, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; Fans line up to enter before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; Fans line up to enter before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Arizona Diamondbacks inaugural 2017 road trip starts with three games in San Francisco

Remember when the schedule came out, and April was declared a critical month for both the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants?

Well…one team got the memo and the other apparently did not. The Giants defeated the San Diego Padres Sunday, but they come into their home opener with a record of 2-7, holding up the rear in the National League West.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Diamondbacks left Chase Field with the best record in baseball, 6-1, and the highest run differential at +19. The first week was a surprise for many, but the facts speak for themselves; Arizona holds a four-game lead on Bruce Bochy’s club and will look to increase that cushion starting Monday afternoon.

For the most part, the Giants have not had trouble scoring runs; in fact, they did plenty of that in the Opening Series at Chase Field.

Unfortunately for Giants fans, the pitchers own the third-highest ERA in baseball at 5.52 and they have blown leads left and right. When Brandon Belt hits a grand slam and the team still looses, the biggest issue sticks out like a sore thumb.

“Deja Vu” is the perfect way to describe this series. All three pitching matchups are rematches of last week’s probable’s. The only difference is the Giants are looking for a different result.

Starting pitchers normally don’t like facing the same team back-to-back, but look for both the hitters and pitchers to make adjustments based on the first series.

Here is what you need to know as this series gets underway!

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