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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 7, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Shelby Miller (26) pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Shelby Miller (26) pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

Game 3: RHP Shelby Miller (1-0, 5.06 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Cain (0-1, 8.13 ERA)

Miller allowed three runs in the first two innings, but like Walker, he was sharp from the third inning on. The right-hander’s mechanics was on point, allowing him to throw his fastball in the upper 90’s. His secondary stuff looked sharp and Miller looked more like the 2015 version.

The right-hander’s mechanics was on point, allowing him to throw his fastball in the upper 90’s. His secondary stuff looked sharp and Miller looked more like the 2015 version.

Miller’s mechanics started to really get off track in San Francisco last season. He hopes to have a better experience at AT&T Park.

The Diamondbacks have scored first once in their first seven games, and it would help for Miller to get into an early rhythm and set the tone. If he can follow Corbin’s formula, Arizona can spoil San Francisco’s home party.

Cain will make his first start at AT&T Park this season. Returning to a place where he has experienced success might help the right-hander. Cain owns a 3.37 ERA in 161 career starts at home. He is 14-8 with a 3.47 ERA for his career against Arizona.

Apr 4, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) hits a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) hits a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

Players to Watch:

Paul Goldschmidt: Paul Goldschmidt loves facing Giants pitching, and he loves hitting at AT&T Park. The Diamondbacks first baseman owns a .320 career batting average with 57 hits, eight home runs and 35 RBI in 50 career games in San Francisco.

Jake Lamb: Jake Lamb will need to cut down on strikeouts, and AT&T Park might help him do that. In 21 career games in that ballpark, Lamb is hitting .339 with three long balls and seven RBI.

Hunter Pence: Since 2015, with a minimum of 50 plate appearances, the Giants right-fielder owns the highest batting average against the Diamondbacks (.378).

Joe Panik: The Giants second baseman is also on that list with Pence. He owns the fourth-highest average against Arizona since 2015 (.361).

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