Sports Betting Picks 04-02-2017 Giants Vs. Diamondbacks
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PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks would like to get off to a good start for one of the few times this decade, especially with new manager Torey Lovullo in charge.
The San Francisco Giants are hoping to avoid the sort of disastrous finish that hurt them last year.
The National League West foes will open a four-game series in Chase Field on Sunday, when aces Madison Bumgarner and Zack Greinke are scheduled to start. As in every season in the last half-dozen, San Francisco’s Bumgarner will enter on the short list of NL Cy Young Award candidates. He has finished fourth, sixth and fourth while winning 51 games over the last three seasons.
Like his team, Greinke is looking to bounce back from a subpar 2016. He won 13 games but had a 4.37 ERA after signing a seven-year, $206.6 million free agent deal the previous winter. He also missed eight weeks with a strained oblique muscle, part of the reason Arizona finished with a major league-high 5.08 ERA last year.
“I still have really high hopes for our team,” Greinke said this spring. “I thought we were going to be really good going into last year. We pretty much have the same team or a very similar team. I think we should be good. I’m shocked we didn’t do better last year.”
The Diamondbacks’ first two weeks include seven games against the Giants, four versus the Los Angeles Dodgers and three against defending American League champion Cleveland. Lovullo, hired away from Boston by new general manager Mike Hazen, said he expects about 75 friends and family for Opening Day.
“I’ve been saying since Day 1 that we have to be a smart, tough baseball team that is going to earn everything on a daily basis,” Lovullo said.
Bumgarner is 6-2 with a 2.80 ERA in 15 appearances and 14 starts at Chase Field. This is the fourth time in six years that the teams have opened the season in Arizona. Bumgarner is making his fourth consecutive Opening Day start, going 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his previous three.