San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is set to make his regular start in Sunday’s series finale against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, which means the 26-year-old won’t be pitching in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in San Diego. Bumgarner was named to the National League All-Star roster for the fourth time in his career but decided against working on one day’s rest and was replaced by Bartolo Colon of the New York Mets.
The Giants moved a season-high 23 games over .500 with Saturday’s 4-2 victory over struggling Arizona, which has lost 11 of its last 13 contests. The Diamondbacks have fallen into the NL West cellar and appear ready to focus on next year after trading closer Brad Ziegler to Boston on Friday, but general manager Dave Stewart said his team isn’t resigned to a last-place finish. “We’re still looking to compete,” Stewart told reporters. “We’re still looking to play competitive baseball. This is not a case where we’re throwing in the flag at all.” Arizona has lost eight of its last nine meetings with the Giants, who have won 20 of their last 27 games despite playing much of that time without injured regulars Hunter Pence (hamstring), Matt Duffy (Achilles) and Joe Panik (concussion).
TV: 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Diamondbacks – RP D. Hudson (Out Indefinitely, personal), RP A. Chafin (15-Day DL, shoulder), CF Z. Brito (15-Day DL, toe), LF D. Peralta (15-Day DL, back), CF C. Owings (15-Day DL, foot).
Giants – RP C. Gearrin (15-Day DL, shoulder), 3B M. Duffy (15-Day DL, achilles), 2B K. Tomlinson (15-Day DL, thumb), RF H. Pence (15-Day DL, hamstring), 2B J. Panik (7-Day DL, concussion).
WEATHER REPORT: It looks like it’s going to be a typical San Francisco summer evening tonight for Sunday Night Baseball. Clear, cool (low 70’s), humidity rising throughout the game, and a 15 mph wind blowing straight out to center field.
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PITCHING MATCHUP: Diamondbacks RH Archie Bradley (3-4, 4.81 ERA) vs. Giants LH Madison Bumgarner (9-4, 2.09)
Bradley is hoping to end the first half on a high note after allowing five runs over six innings in Monday’s 8-4 loss to San Diego. “You take a look at most of my outings, and not to take credit away from the other team, but I put myself in bad situations and keep continuing to do it,” Bradley told MLB.com. “I’ve got to find a way to work through it, I’ve got to find a way to get better.” The 23-year-old has posted a 5.73 ERA in two career starts against the Giants.
Bumgarner received a no-decision on Tuesday despite recording six strikeouts in six scoreless innings against Colorado. The three-time World Series champion has allowed a total of 12 runs over his last eight starts with a 61-to-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Paul Goldschmidt is 13-for-41 with two home runs against Bumgarner, who is 8-7 with a 2.54 ERA in 24 career games (23 starts) versus Arizona – including seven strong innings in a 2-1 loss on April 20.
* Diamondbacks are 2-11 in their last 13 overall.
* Giants are 22-5 in their last 27 vs. National League West.
* Giants are 8-0 in Bumgarner’s last 8 starts following a team loss in their previous game.
* Over is 15-3 in Diamondbacks last 18 vs. National League West.
* Over is 8-0 in Bradley’s last 8 starts vs. National League West.
* Diamondbacks are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings.
COVERS CONSENSUS: The Covers public is favoring the home favorite San Francisco Giants at a rate of 75 percent and Over 7.0 is picking up 67 percent of the totals wagers. View full consensus data here.