Friday -- Giants 5, D-backs 0; Lincecum shuts out Arizona. Saturday -- D-backs 2, Giants 0; Hill, Miley best Giants. Sunday -- RHP Chase Anderson (6-4, 3.64) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (9-7, 3.36), 12:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
The season is past the halfway mark, but the traditional halfway point comes after the D-backs play three games in San Francisco. Minus NL All-Star team starter Paul Goldschmidt, the D-backs will get a few days off before moving into the second half of a disappointing season. A series win over the Giants, who narrowly trail the Dodgers for the NL West lead, would at least be a positive note on which to close out the "first half."
It feels a little repetitive at this point, but the reality is no D-backs-Giants series these days comes without mention of the Tim Lincecum-Paul Goldschmidt matchup, as long as Lincecum is pitching, which he is Friday. Lincecum is on a roll right now, having allowed just one run over his last three starts (23-1/3 innings), the first of which was a no-hitter. Goldschmidt is 5 for 6 with two home runs, a double and six RBI in three games against Lincecum this season.
The D-backs may get an offensive boost this series, with slugging outfielder Mark Trumbo possibly returning from a foot injury earlier than expected. Trumbo, out since April 21, has been mashing on his rehab assignment, hitting three home runs in three games with Triple-A Reno. D-backs manager Kirk Gibson has suggested Trumbo could be back this weekend, but he'll otherwise be back after the All-Star break.
It will be interesting to see how the D-backs distribute playing time in the outfield after Trumbo's return mostly because rookie David Peralta, who has primarily played Trumbo's spot in left field, has been on fire. He's hitting .325 with 41 hits in 34 games, and over his last 10 games Peralta is batting .420 (15 for 35) with nine RBI. Peralta has played center field seven times this season and will probably see more time there despite Ender Inciarte's superior defensive ability.