TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION TUESDAY, JULY 5TH
#909 SAN FRANCISCO with Wood (-172) over Arizona with Gilbert at 9:40 PM EST
Off five consecutive losses and resting a whopping 9.5-games back in the NL West standings from the division-leading Dodgers, the Giants will dig deep and pick up a much-needed victory here. Arizona has dropped 27 of its last 42 when facing a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage greater than .500 and the Diamondbacks will struggle in this spot.
Southpaw Alex Wood will grab the pearl and stop the bleeding for manager Gabe Kapler’s crew. With 15 starts completed this season, No. 57 has been tapped for 41 earned runs and 80 hits in 73.1 innings of work. Wood fanned 71 and issued 20 free passes on his way to a 5-7 mark with a 5.03 ERA. Thankfully, Alex has been at his best when pitching under the lights. At night, Wood has been touched for just 18 earned runs and 43 hits in 42.7 frames. That equates to a 2-3 record with a 3.80 ERA.
Young left-hander Tyler Gilbert will counter for the home team. So far this year, No. 49 has appeared in four games for the D’Backs (three starts) and been slapped for 14 earned runs and 17 hits in 16.0 innings. Gilbert struck out 14 and walked six on his way to a nasty 0-3 tally with an elevated 7.88 ERA. Tyler’s last two outings have been ugly. Facing the Reds and Dodgers, Gilbert was gashed for 12 earned runs and 12 hits in 7.1 frames. That shakes down to a disturbing 0-2 mark with a stiff 14.73 ERA.
Plenty of lucrative team trends support this key release. San Francisco has won eight of its last 10 in the second game of a series, 10 of its last 13 when facing a left-handed starter, and 40 of its last 55 as a guest facing a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage less than .500. On the other side of Chase Field, Arizona has fallen in 44 of its last 65 when facing a southpaw, 90 of its last 128 fighting a team with a winning record, and 66 of its last 90 against division foes.
With another four-game road trip coming soon against the Padres, the Giants can’t afford any more division losses right now. Take San Francisco with Wood. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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