MLB Betting: Giants lead in wild NL West

By: Jimmy Sirody | Monday, September 27, 2010
Jonathan Sanchez

San Francisco is 5-0 in Jonathan Sanchez’ last five starts versus Arizona.

The San Francisco Giants enter the final week of the baseball betting season as a first-place team once again, one-half game in front of the San Diego Padres. It's the fourth lead change in five days in the wild, wild National League West.

Before the Giants host the Padres this weekend, they must tackle an Arizona team that won two of three at AT&T Park at the end of August. The Diamondbacks come to town on a 5-1 roll.

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San Francisco is the leader of the pack because of a 43-38 road record, its first winning mark on the highway since 2004. The Giants are on a 4-2 trip that included a series victory at Coors Field, the Giants' most hostile venue.

San Francisco's Jonathan Sanchez will be on the mound Tuesday night in the series opener seeking his third straight win against the cellar-dwelling Diamondbacks.

The hard-throwing southpaw has allowed one earned run or less in five consecutive starts, an impressive stretch from a guy who has struggled with consistency. The rest of manager Bruce Bochy's rotation has been just as consistent. The Giants have limited the opposition to three runs or fewer in 19 of the last 20 games.

Sanchez lasted only five innings, but struck out 10, on July 23 against the Diamondbacks in a no-decision. He is 6-4 at home with a 3.46 ERA while limiting opponents to a .213 batting average. However, he has yielded 12 homers in 91 innings.

San Francisco is 5-0 in Sanchez's last five starts against Arizona and 4-0 in his past four home starts versus the D-Backs.

Rodrigo Lopez gets the call for Arizona. The veteran right-hander had turned in three straight quality starts to start September before allowing four earned runs last Wednesday against the Rockies.

Lopez is 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA in three previous starts this season against the Giants.

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Arizona has floundered in seven of its last nine against southpaws and in five of its last six series openers. The D-Backs have come up short in 10 of 13 with Lopez on the bump. In addition, they have lost nine of his last 11 against division foes and six of seven on the road.

San Francisco has dominated against Arizona at home, winning 50 of 73. The Giants have prevailed in 10 of the past 13 series encounters overall.

The Diamondbacks have strayed ‘under' in five of their last six against left-handers and ended on the low side in 13 of 16 series openers. The Giants have ducked below the number in seven of their past nine at AT&T Park and in 13 of 16 off a win.


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