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Series Preview: Again with the Dbacks

They’re coming off a series win against the Dodgers. Meanwhile, Sunday could be Bumgarner’s final game as a Giant.

San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Giants nearly swept the Diamondbacks in Arizona last week and now the Diamondbacks are in San Francisco for revenge. Or whatever.

They’re actually coming off a series win against the Dodgers in Arizona where they outscored LA 18-10 in a three-game series. Not only did they roll St. Mary’s College alum and Vacaville native Tony Gonsolin — who was making his major league debut and who looks like this

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers-Media Day Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

— they hit Clayton Kershaw pretty hard, too:

So, that’s three out of four since they last saw the Giants. The Giants, meanwhile, have won one game this week, which feels like almost too many. Arizona took out some frustration (the Giants limited them to just 12 runs over 28 innings) on Kershaw (4 ER on Monday) the Dodgers’ bullpen (Dylan Floro: 4 ER), and a rookie. That seems like a repeatable skill.

Tyler Beede and Shaun Anderson will once again match up against the Diamondbacks, while Drew Pomeranz will face them for the third time this season (8.59 ERA in 7.1 IP). None of those guys figure to be equal to 2019 Kershaw, but the Gonsolin comp fits both Beede and Pomeranz. The four-game series wraps up on Sunday with a Madison Bumgarner start — in what could be his final start in a Giants home uniform. You know, just like the last time.

Given the four game length, we’ll probably see Zack Greinke on Saturday (regular rest) or Sunday (to face Bumgarner with an extra day’s rest). Seeing these two face off one more time is about what we deserve at this point in the Giants’ competitive window and about the best we could hope for is both dudes hitting home runs off each other but looking great otherwise. I mean, that’s what I’m hoping for.

Hitter to watch

Jake Lamb, who had been on the IL since April 5 with a quad strain, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his first game back. He owns a career line of .281/.391/.551 (.943 OPS) in 63 career games against the Giants. Even with Christian Walker and Eduardo Escobar hitting well, it’s a near certainty he’ll start against Beede and Anderson. In which case: gulp?

Pitcher to watch

“A great man is always willing to be little.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson


Madison Bumgarner’s start on Sunday afternoon will not be his final start with the Giants. Oh, also: Buster Posey will have a multi-hit game at some point over the next four days.

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