Giants-Diamondbacks Free Friday Play

On May 13, 2016, in Free Picks, MLB, by Stephen

Diamondbacks plus $1.35 hosting Giants

It’s not just Zack Greinke who has been a huge disappointment so far for Arizona. Shelby Miller has been bad, too, with a 1-3 record and 7.36 ERA.

So why get involved with Miller tonight?

The main reason is a nice home ‘dog price. But also the belief that Miller has straighten out much of his problems and that Giants starter Jeff Samardzja is due for a poor outing having thrown 123 pitches in his last game this past Sunday and has a bad history at hitter-friendly Chase Park.

Miller is off his best performance of the year holding Atlanta to two runs in six innings. The Braves have the worst offense in baseball. I realize that. But Miller, who always had a high ceiling, proved himself last season and he said following the Braves game that he made adjustments and changed his mechanics. He said that “helped a ton.”

Miller is 2-1 with a 2.22 ERA in five lifetime starts versus the Giants. He’s held Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt and Denard Span to a combined 6-for-50.

Samardzija has a 6.75 ERA in two starts at Chase Field. His 123 pitches that he threw on Sunday was the second-highest total of any start he’s had.


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