The Diamondbacks biggest series starts tonight

The two best NL West teams will square off in what should be a fun weekend showdown
Cleveland Guardians v Arizona Diamondbacks
Cleveland Guardians v Arizona Diamondbacks / Norm Hall/GettyImages

After taking care of business in Washington yesterday afternoon, Arizona is now 23-12 on the road this season.  The best away record in the bigs; are we shocked?  Not a chance.

Your favorite team has been very impressive in the month of June.  They are 13-7 and boast the 3rd best offense in the NL.  The pitching staff is still dragging down the wagon, but thanks to Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelly fans can breathe a little easier each week.

It would be a drastic understatement to say that this upcoming (3-game home) series is huge.  The Giants are the hottest team in baseball right now as they have won 10 of their last 11.

(Surprisingly, the Cincinnati Reds have also won 11 games in a row). 

In the month of June, the Giants offense is averaging 6.22 runs per game (2nd in the NL) and their pitching staff is allowing just 3.09 runs per game (1st in the NL).  They have essentially been a perfectly oiled machine.

This massive series begins tonight and will end on Sunday.  If you haven’t bought tickets yet go do it right now.  Go on… I will give you some time…

Diamondbacks vs Giants game 1 pitching matchup

For Arizona, Zach Davies will get the ball to start the game.  In 7 starts, Davies is 1-3 with a 7.11 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP.  If we are being honest, Davies has not looked very good to start the season.

In his last start against Clevland, Davies got rocked, giving up 9 hits and 8 earned runs in 3.2 innings.  Batters are hitting .308 against Zach; It’s hard to find the good in what he has done this year.

One thing going for Davies however is that in his 2 starts vs the Giants last season, he pitched 10 total innings and only gave up 2 earned runs (1.80 ERA).  In those 2 starts, he also struck out 9 batters. 

For the Giants, it is still TBD.  One thing to note however is that the Giants starting pitching has been very good this season.  Their starting pitching ERA is 3rd lowest in the NL.

In June specifically, their starting pitchers have combined for a 3.09 ERA which is 2nd lowest in all of baseball.  It seems like it doesn’t matter who is on the bump for them to start the game.  Whoever it is, will most likely keep the game close.

Diamondbacks vs Giants game 1: Players to watch 👀

For your D-backs, the answer is pretty obvious.  Corbin Franklin Carroll.

Carroll is on another level right now.  In the month of June, he is 24-75 (.320) with 13 extra-base hits, 18 RBIs, 5 stolen bases, and an OPS of 1.126.  Absolutely stuffing the stat sheet.

Not to mention how he seemingly has made a web gem on a nightly basis.  It’s hard to find something this kid doesn’t do well on a baseball field.  I hope to hear MVP chants when he comes to the plate for the first time on Friday…

For San Fran, first basemen Lamonte Wade Jr. has been an on-base machine all season.  Out of all players, Wade Jr. is 3rd in OBP.  He is getting on base nearly 42% of the time!

In June specifically, Lamonte is 16-52 (.308) with 11 RBIs, 12 walks, and an OPS of .950.  He does lack power at the plate, but he makes up for it with his selective approach.  Billy Beane would be proud.

This series should be a lot of fun.  Two on-fire teams battling hard for 1st in the NL West.  Get your popcorn ready…