Los Angeles Dodgers (12-14) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (19-7)Date : 05/01/2018
Time : 9:40 PM ET
Location : Chase Field
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Los Angeles Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks will welcome the L.A. Dodgers to Chase field as they are hoping to win 10th straight series. The Dodgers are still trying to figure out their early season woes as they face a tough challenge ahead.
Los Angeles Dodgers's Latest Performance :
The Dodgers start the season is what they did not hope for they have to do better, the talent is there but they can’t seem to get together. The Dodgers currently is 4th place in the National West with a record of 12-14 placing them 7 games behind the D-Backs. The struggle for the Dodgers came from the bullpen Daniel Hudson as he allowed 4 runs in each game and 18 earned runs. Next up for them isn’t an easy task as they face the D-Backs who are coming off their 9th straight series wins and will be eyeing a 10th win against the World Series runner-up Dodgers. Unless they can pull off a miracle and come out victorious against the D-Backs but with the way they are playing I don’t really see it happening.
The Dodgers are 16th in scoring with 4.50 RPG, 14th in hitting at .241 and 24th in homers with 22. Pitching they are 9th in the league in with an ERA of 3.62, while ranking 9th in WHIP at 1.21 and 4th in strikeouts with 257. The Bullpen for the Dodgers ranks 19th in the league with a 4.22 ERA.
It only takes one breakout game for a team like the Dodgers to really regain last season form because right now everyone seems to be in a slump.
Taking the mound and looking for a bounce-back game will be Clayton Kershaw. He allowed three earned runs, five hits and six walks with seven strikeouts over five innings in a loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. Kershaw struggled against one of the weakest offenses in the majors, throwing just 64 of his 112 pitches for strikes. He slipped to 1-4, which is exactly how many losses he suffered during the 2016 and 2017 campaigns. He hasn’t had a double-digit loss season since 2010 when he was 13-10.
Arizona Diamondbacks's Latest Performance :
The Diamondbacks has been on a tear lately the D-Backs became the first National Leauge team in 111 years to open the season with 9 consecutive series wins. The last time that this happened was when the Cubs did it back in 1907 leading them to two straight World Series titles.
David Peralta finally got his first multi-homer of the year, AJ with 21 RBIs this season to go along with 6 homers. All the D-Back batters are playing really well for the team even though Paul Goldschmidt has cooled down after a tremendous start there will always be another batter filling in the spot this is the benefit of playing on a good team because you never feel like you are out of the game because you know that your fellow batters got your back.
The mindset is different when you are a good team because you tend to see the bigger picture and that is what the D-Backs are doing right now they are thinking in series, not in games and they won’t let a small slip up destroy the teams’ confidence level. Facing the Dodgers shouldn’t be a problem for the D-Backs because they will have to come in with the same mentality since everything is clicking for this team right now.
Matt Koch to start in the series opener. Koch has been solid since he was plugged into the rotation to replace Taijuan Walker. This will be Koch’s fifth career start. He earned his first MLB win against the Dodgers in September 2016, when he tossed an inning of relief in a 12-inning game.
How Los Angeles Dodgers & Arizona Diamondbacks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Diamondbacks are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record.
Dodgers are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
Against The Spread Selection: Arizona Diamondbacks
My reason for the pick :
Despite an elite pitcher, Kershaw is pitching but right now the Arizona offense will be too much to handle as they will come firing at home left and right they are that good right now. Kershaw will drop to 1-5 his worst start yet. Peralta will continue his impressive start to the season.
D-Backs to beat the Dodgers at home.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Dodgers:
- Dodgers are 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Betting trends for Arizona Diamondbacks:
- Diamondbacks are 7-2 in their last 9 home games.