TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION THURSDAY, AUGUST 18TH
#956 SAN FRANCISCO with Webb (-141) over Arizona with Gallen at 3:45 PM EST
Off yesterday’s one-run loss the Diamondbacks and with wins in five of their last six games, the Giants will stay hot and bounce back with a solid effort here. San Francisco rests 5.5-games back in the NL Wild Card race and manager Gabe Kapler knows his kids need every home win they can get the rest of the way out.
Right-hander Logan Webb will grab the pearl for the Gints. With 24 starts in the books his season, No. 62 has been nicked for only 50 earned runs and 131 hits in 150.0 innings of work. Webb struck out 124 and walked 39 on his way to a solid 11-5 mark with a 3.00 ERA. Logan has been outstanding inside Oracle Park too. In his own backyard, Webb has surrendered only 24 earned runs and 75 hits in 79.2 frames. That’s good enough for an 8-3 record with a solid 2.71 ERA.
Taking the bump for the visitors will be righty Zac Gallen. So far this year, No. 23 has been touched for 41 earned runs and 89 hits in 125.1 innings. Gallen whiffed 120 and walked 35 on his way to a nice 8-2 tally with a 2.94 ERA. Thankfully, for us, Zac has experienced a few problems in this series. In his last seven outings in this series, Gallen has been gashed for 22 earned runs and 32 hits in 33.0 frames. After the math, that equates to a woeful 0-4 mark with a lofty 6.00 ERA.
There are a number of lucrative team trends that support this investment. San Francisco has tasted victory in 21 of its last 27 battles at home in this matchup and 60 of its last 89 in its own backyard facing a foe that owns a team won/loss percentage less than .500. On the other side of the field, Arizona has slipped in 78 of its last 114 in division play, 101 of its last 145 when competing against an opponent that owns a winning record, and 36 of its last 51 in the fourth game of a series.
The Giants have some work to do in their hunt for a postseason spot and they’ll lean on one of their best arms to grab a victory in this division battle. Take San Francisco with Webb. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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