The San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks begin a three-game series Friday night.
Johnny Cueto produced a rare poor effort in his last outing and attempts to bounce back Friday, when the San Francisco Giants open a three-game series against the host Arizona Diamondbacks.
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The San Francisco Giants look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Giants have scored 24 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The San Francisco Giants offense continues to crush, and they’ve won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Brandon Belt leads San Francisco with 82 hits, Denard Span has 30 RBI and Buster Posey has nine home runs. Johnny Cueto gets the nod, and he’s 11-1 with a 2.42 ERA and 98 strikeouts this season. Cueto is 7-2 with a 2.69 ERA and 56 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks need a win in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Diamondbacks have allowed 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight straight games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have an ERA of 4.66 and have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jean Segura leads Arizona with 99 hits, Paul Goldschmidt has 53 RBI and Jake Lamb has 17 home runs. Shelby Miller takes the hill, and he’s 2-7 with a 6.79 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. Miller is 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Giants
The Giants are 19-7 in their last 26 vs. National League West and 14-2 in Cuetos last 16 starts. The Diamondbacks are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in Millers last 5 starts. The Giants are 28-9 in the last 37 meetings in Arizona and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings overall.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Johnny Cueto (11-1, 2.42 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RH Shelby Miller (2-7, 6.79)Cueto is 7-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 10 career starts against the Diamondbacks, including a victory on May 12 in which he gave up two runs and eight hits over seven innings. He has experienced difficulties with Michael Bourn (10-for-26) and Goldschmidt (5-for-16, one homer). Cueto has been superb on the road this season, posting a 7-0 record and 2.17 ERA in eight starts.Miller continued his horrific campaign by being rocked for seven runs and 11 hits over six innings in a loss to Colorado on Saturday. He has struggled at home, going 0-5 with a 6.97 ERA in six outings and serving up eight homers in just 31 frames. Miller is 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA in six career starts against San Francisco and lost to the Giants on May 13, when he gave up three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Friday: Johnny Cueto (11-1/2.42/1.02) vs. Shelby Miller (2-7/6.87/1.77)
Saturday: Jeff Szamardija (8-5/3.91/1.19) vs Patrick Corbin (4-6/4.99/1.45)
Sunday: Albert Suarez (3-1/3.83/1.11) vs Robbie Ray (4-7/4.69/1.54)
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