Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks Matchup

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will head east to face their NL West rival Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Arizona will be showing the action.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Odds

Arizona (-140) is favored against Los Angeles (+120) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this one at 9.5 runs. Odds for betting on the game’s total sit at +105 for the over and -125 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the most recent odds sitting at Dodgers -1.5 runs (-125) and Diamondbacks +1.5 runs (+115).

The Dodgers are 2-2 SU and have gone 1-2 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 3.5 units for moneyline gamblers in the season’s early going and 1.4 units ATS. The Diamondbacks are 2-1 SU and 1-2 ATS. The team’s gained 0.6 units for moneyline bettors while earning 1.0 unit ATS.

Arizona games have an over/under record of two-1 in 2018. Los Angeles has an over/under record of zero-3.

The Diamondbacks are coming off of a 2-1 loss against the Rockies, while the Dodgers just got a 9-0 victory over the Giants.

Southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu will get the start for the visiting Dodgers. Ryu recorded 116 strikeouts in 126 innings last year (with 45 walks) but finished the season 5-9 overall with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He made two starts against the Diamondbacks in 2017 and compiled a 0-1 record against them with a 6.30 ERA and nine strikeouts.

The D-backs have tabbed righty Taijuan Walker as their starter. Walker recorded 146 strikeouts across 157 innings last year (28 starts), while finishing the season 9-9 overall with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He made three starts against the Dodgers a year ago and registered a 2-0 record with a 3.24 ERA and 17 strikeouts.

As a unit, Arizona’s pitchers have yielded 4.0 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has a 4.96 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 1.69 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 7.6 K/9. In three games against divisional foes, Diamondbacks starters have an ERA of 4.96 and the bullpen’s ERA is 1.69.

The Arizona offense has produced 6.0 runs per contest, including 6.0 per game against divisional foes and 6.0 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .258/.368/.371 over its last five matchups and is 2-1 SU during that span.

Shortstop Nick Ahmed and outfielder A.J. Pollock have led the Diamondbacks’ batters this year. Ahmed is slashing .455/.500/.909 with five hits, six RBIs and three runs scored, while Pollock’s line is .364/.462/.636 with four hits, two RBIs and three runs.

Compared to his total season slash line of .256/.303/.427, Ahmed performed well against left-handed pitching last year, slashing .396/.453/.625 over 53 plate appearances.

For the visitors, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 0.5 runs per game and its starters own a 0.36 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 9.72 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 0.82, along with a K/9 of 5.73.

Dodgers hitters have slashed .200/.256/.275 on their way to 3.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.5 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.5 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-2 SU).

Second baseman Hernandez Hernandez and catcher Yasmani Grandal have led Los Angeles’ hitters. Hernandez is slashing .333/.417/.556 with three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored, while Grandal (.400/.455/.400) is up to four hits, one RBI and two runs scored.

Hernandez seemed to take a step back when hitting right-handed pitchers on the road last year, maintaining a slash line of .147/.241/.191 across 79 such plate appearances (compared to his overall season line of .215/.308/.421).

Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Dodgers, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The Dodgers went 8-11 SU against the Diamondbacks last season.
  • The Diamondbacks’ bullpen recorded an ERA of 3.63 against the Dodgers last year.