The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants are playing a weekend series in what is a matchup between the top two teams in the NL West.
That's a wild sentence to write in late June considering they share a division with the Los Angeles Dodgers and one of the most hyped teams in the offseason, the San Diego Padres.
The Diamondbacks hold a 3.5-game lead on the Giants, so San Francisco has a chance to close the gap with a series victory this weekend.
Let's dive into the odds for the series opener on Friday night.
Diamondbacks vs. Giants odds, run line, and total
Diamondbacks vs. Giants prediction and pick
The Diamondbacks are underdogs in this spot, largely due to Zach Davies pitching, but I think we should zig when everyone else is zagging and take the Diamondbacks to upset the Giants.
Sure, Davies' 7.11 ERA is disgusting, but let's take a closer look at his numbers. He has a 4.06 FIP (Field Independent Pitching), which is a better FIP than he had last year when he had a relatively successful season. In my opinion, that mean's we're going to get some positive regression from him soon, and I'll bank on that starting tonight.
The Diamondbacks offense also continues to be one of the best in the majors. Over the past 30 days, Arizona ranks sixth in MLB in OPS and eighth in batting average.
Let's take a shot on the Diamondbacks as underdogs in Friday night NL West action.