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Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants

By Joseph Jacquez
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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Apr 5, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) throws during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) throws during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /

Game 1: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-0, 6.00 ERA) vs. LHP Matt Moore (0-1, 5.06 ERA)

Taijuan Walker will make his second start in a Diamondbacks uniform and his first away from Chase Field.

Walker should have a set game plan against a Giants lineup that he faced just last week. The right-hander loves to elevate his rising four-seam fastball, a pitch he used 70 percent of the time during start number one. That pitch averaged 93.1 mph but touched 94.

It really was a tale of two starts for Walker last Wednesday. Once he settled in he was generating plenty of whiffs. Over the last two years, only 44 pitchers that threw at least 250 innings generated whiffs on more than 10 percent of the pitches they through; Walker was one of them.

If he establishes the rising fastball early and changes location with his hard split-change, there is no reason why he can’t go six-plus innings. Walker is susceptible to the home run ball, but AT&T Park should help neutralize that issue.

Thanks to an error by Belt in the fifth, Moore ended up allowing six runs in five innings last Wednesday, but only three of those were earned. The Diamondbacks hit lefties well last season, but Moore owns a 3.16 ERA in six career starts at AT&T Park.

Moore will feature a four-seam fastball and a cutter. The left-hander will mix in a curveball using a knuckle-curve grip and an occasional changeup. His fastball ticked up in velocity in 2016 and his cutter should generate a heavy dose of groundballs. When he throws the changeup, it will cut.

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