The Diamondbacks are playing some of their best baseball and the Giants are playing some of their worst as the teams meet for the second time in a week in a three-game series that begins Monday at Chase Field.
Sparked by extra-inning victories in the final two games of the previous series at AT&T Park, Arizona has won five of its last six games to pull into a tie for first place with Colorado in the NL West, although it is stupid to talk about that, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson believes. The Giants are on a five-game losing streak and have lost eight of their last 12 after being swept in San Diego for the first time since 2010 last weekend.
Pitching matchups: Monday — RHP Ian Kennedy (1-2, 4.70 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Cain (0-2, 6.59). Tuesday — RHP Trevor Cahill (1-3, 3.00) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-0, 1.87). Wednesday — RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-3, 7.48) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (2-1, 3.64)
Who’s hot for the D-backs: Gerardo Parra has thrived with everyday use. He has a career-best 13-game hitting streak, is tied for first in the NL with 32 hits and is tied for second in the NL with nine doubles. … Left-hander Matt Reynolds is one of two major league relievers who has pitched at least 11 innings and not given up a run. … First baseman Paul Goldschmidt leads the team with five home runs and 18 RBIs.
Who’s not not for the D-backs: After a strong start, Martin Prado has five hits in his last 39 at-bats and is hitting .209. He had his first off day Sunday. … Right-hander Brandon McCarthy leads the NL in earned runs allowed (23) and hits allowed (45) this season, although his stuff has been better than that. … Miguel Montero has three hits in his last 27 at-bats.
Who’s hot for the Giants: Buster Posey is on a nine-game hitting streak that includes nine RBIs, six extra-base hits and all three of his home runs. He hit his third homer of the year in San Diego on Sunday. … Pablo Sandoval tied a career high with four hits against the Padres on Sunday and has five multi-hit games in his last seven to raise his batting average to .316. … Madison Bumgarner has given up seven earned runs in his five starts, all quality starts.
Who’s not hot for the Giants: Matt Cain still has not regained his typical form. He gave up four runs, three earned, and a Goldschmidt homer in a no-decision in his last start Tuesday. … Postseason hero Marco Scutaro has five hits in his last 37 at-bats and is hitting .215. His walk-off error enabled the Padres to win 8-7 in 12 innings Saturday.
Notes, quotes, odds and ends: The D-backs are are 6-0 in extra-inning games, including two at AT&T Park last week, and have won eight games in their last at-bat. They have played a major-league-high 18 games decided by two runs or less. … Posey’s homer at Petco Park on Sunday was one of five that have benefited from the new park configuration this season. The Padres moved the fences in 11 feet this year. … Bumgarner is one of two Giants pitchers in the last 90 years to open a season with five starts of two earned runs or less and at least five strikeouts. Tim Lincecum did it in 2010. … Expect Paul Goldschmidt to start Wednesday, when Lincecum makes his first appearance against the D-backs this season. Goldschmidt is hitting .571 with five homers and 10 RBIs in 14 career at-bats against Lincecum. He has seven homers against the Giants, the most against any opponent.