Today's starting pitchers: RHP Zack Greinke (11-4, 4.29) vs. RHP Johnny Cueto (14-4, 2.86). . . . Storylines: Greinke and Cueto were two of the top free-agent pitchers on the market last off-season, and the D-backs made a first pass at Cueto before coming up with the big money necessary to land Greinke, who was also weighing an offer from San Francisco. Instead, the Giants got Cueto, and he's been one of the NL's better pitchers, despite some recent struggles. The entire Giants team has been struggling since the All-Star break -- going 14-26 to go from 6 1/2 games ahead of the Dodgers to 1 1/2 back in the NL West. . . . Watch: 6:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona and FOX Sports GO.
D-backs starting pitcher Zack Greinke
Greinke is 8-1 with a 2.41 ERA in 12 career starts vs. the Giants. The lone defeat came this season, a 4-2 loss back on May 12 in Phoenix when the opposing pitcher was tonight's counterpart, Johnny Cueto. . . . He is 1-1 with a 7.84 ERA in 4 starts since returning from an oblique injury, but the ERA is skewed by a 9-run disaster in Boston. He was at less than his best in his start last Wednesday's 10-9 win over the Braves, walking 3 and surrendering 6 hits and 4 runs over 6 innings. . . . Greinke has never lost in 5 starts at AT&T Park, going 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA. Denard Span has a .325 career average vs. Greinke, while Hunter Pence has homered twice against him but is hitting just .154.
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Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto
Cueto's success against the D-backs has mirrored that of Greinke's against the Giants. He's 8-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 11 career starts, including 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA this season. . . . He has won only once in 8 starts since the All-Star break, going 1-3 with a 3.91 ERA. He was a 1-0 loser in his last start on Wednesday against the Dodgers, despite limiting them to 1 run and 4 hits over 6 innings. . . . Jake Lamb is 4 for 9 with a home run and a double against Cueto, while Michael Bourn is a .393 hitter in 28 at-bats vs. Cueto.
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Giants cut down to size
The Giants ended the pre-All Star break portion of their schedule with a 3-game sweep of the D-backs but hit the skids immediately thereafter. In taking 2 of 3 from the Braves last weekend, it was their first series win since then. . . . They have been victims of a lot of close losses -- losing their last 4 1-run games and going 4-9 in 1-run affairs since the break, compared with 20-10 in 1-run games in the first half. . . . Denard Span has been their hottest hitter of late, batting .429 over his last 10 games (18 for 42). Buster Posey hasn't homered since July 16, a span of 34 games, but he is hitting .308 over that stretch. Posey is a .325 career hitter against the D-backs, with 14 home runs in 98 games.
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All's well with A.J. and Welington
A.J. Pollock returned to the D-backs lineup on Friday from a fractured elbow that has caused him to miss their first 128 games, and after a pair of hitless games, he broke through with 3 hits in Sunday's 11-2 win. . . . Catcher Welington Castillo drove in 4 runs Sunday and is hitting .436 with 14 RBI in 10 games since returning to the team following the birth of his son.
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Wednesday's series finale
TBD vs. LHP Matt Moore (8-10, 3.95), noon, FOX Sports Arizona. . . . The Diamondbacks are considering bringing up Shelby Miller to start Wednesday's game, but they can also go with Robbie Ray and temporarily delay Miller's return from Reno. The Giants will start Moore, who fell one out short of a no-hitter in his start last week against the Dodgers.