MLB Expert Picks: Diamondbacks @ Giants 10.45 PM

The SF Giants also feel the same way after their disappointing first half. The Diamondbacks have emerged from the break tonight seeking to propel the Giants further downwards in the division race, while SF tries to tighten up their position. Arizona (50-45) leads the NL West ranking by 2 1/2 games on second-place Los Angeles. Colorado is third with a 4 1/2 back and San Francisco is trailing by 6 1/2. The Diamondbacks' sprinkling lead comes despite they lost 10 out of 13 on the road and going 21-22 within the division. They have lost nine of the past 14.

Baseball predictions expert reports that they may need to settle with San Francisco (43-51) which is aiming to build on winning three of four over San Diego prior to the break. The wins include Saturday's no-hitter from Tim Lincecum. The Giants have also hit an average of .307 with 24 runs over the stretch after attaining an average of 2.3 runs while batting at an average of .214 during a 3-16 funk. Arizona, though, won’t love to get fooled by the Giants' struggles. Improvement from Ian Kennedy who is 3-6 with a 5.42 ERA would certainly help a lot. The right-hander has the record of the staff's highest ERA, and he's now at 0-3 with an ERA of 6.58 in seven starts since defeating the Chicago Cubs on June 1. Kennedy, however, is now at 5-0 with an ERA of 2.44 in 10 starts against the SF Giants since 2011, going 3-0 with an ERA of 2.13 in six games at San Francisco. Paul Goldschmidt, another All-star from the Diamondbacks, has also showed exemplary performances there. The first baseman has an average of .349 with five homers, 17 RBIs and 13 walks in 18 career visits.

The Giants are prepared to use Chad Gaudin who is at 3-1 with an ERA of 2.39. He is at 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in six starts since getting in in the position of the injured Ryan Vogelsong, who has broken the right hand, in the rotation. Gaudin's exemplary stretch includes a 6-2 win at Arizona on June 9. In that game, he allowed two runs with seven strikeouts in total six innings. He has limited Goldschmidt hitless in four at_bats, while fanning him twice. Buster Posey has come in with the break going 14 for 29 (an average of .483) with eight RBIs in seven games. The All-Star catcher is 9 for 24 (which relates to an average of .375) in his career against Kennedy.

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