Arizona and San Francisco were among the biggest surprises of Week 1 for those betting baseball. Now the D-Backs are on the road and the Giants are home and yesterday the home team was a 4-1 winner.
Will this signal a reversal of roles or will both continue to confound? (For different reasons) Time to figure out who might be the best choice for MLB picks.
Let’s get this out of the way early, I do not care for either starting pitcher. Robbie Ray (0-0, 4.74 ERA) is still just 25 and he does possess a very good fastball and slider, but more than once in his career, he will sail along for three, four and sometimes five innings and then get knocked around like a batting practice pitcher. Case in point to his inability to generate outs, last year his starts averaged about 5.5 innings and in that time threw nearly 100 pitchers per outing. Roy looks good, he just is not to this point.
Jeff Samardjiza (0-1, 10.13 ERA) has and will be making 19.8M a year for a few more seasons and for the various teams the former Notre Dame All-American receiver has pitched for as a starter, they are 69-97. Samardjiza is a sinker/fastball hurler and when he’s on his game (which is not real often), his splitter is his out-pitch and even that does not get as many swings and misses as a couple years ago. “Samards” is 2-2 (4.56 ERA) in eight starts versus Arizona, but has always thrown better against them at home.
Among the Diamondbacks players with at least 24 at-bats, Paul Goldschmidt is just fourth in batting average at .300. Ahead of him are eyebrow-lifting names like Brandon Drury (.417 BA), Chris Owings (.387) and Yasmany Tomas (.333). If this trio can stay hot and Jake Lamb and A.J. Pollock come around, this is a very good offense.
Skipper Bruce Boche’s offense is scoring 4.7 runs per game, however, the results from the outfield other than Hunter Pence have been putrid. Brandon Crawford (.367) Joe Panik (.348), Buster Posey (.333) and Brandon Belt (3 HR’s and 7 RBI’s) have been productive and have to lift up their teammates.