Clayton Kershaw (14-7, 2.18 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (86-65) take on Patrick Corbin (6-4, 2.99 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (73-79) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 4-1 and Arizona leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 3:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sep. 24 and can be seen on FSAZ and SNLA.
Kershaw pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 3-2 defeat to the Pirates. Justin Turner (.290, 49 Rs, 15 HRs, 55 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday. Corbin went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out five in a 6-0 win over the Giants in his last outing. Paul Goldschmidt (.317, 95 Rs, 31 HRs, 103 RBIs, 21 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
This one isn't expected to be close when Los Angeles, a big -208 favorite, takes on Arizona. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of six runs. The Dodgers have an overall money line of -996 and a record as the favorite of 75-55. Los Angeles has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 36-23 and 39-25 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Dodgers are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.19 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Dodgers, who rank second in the NL in strikeouts per game with 8.6.
In games where it is the underdog, Arizona has a 41-48 record and an overall money line of -16. They are 19-21 as the underdog against fellow NL West members, and 34-34 SU. The Diamondbacks are an excellent base stealing team with 127 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 12-6. The Dodgers have an 18-16 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Corbin takes the mound. Kershaw (LHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have a 19-20 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers hold a 40-25 record in matchups against NL West rivals, while the Diamondbacks currently sit at 34-35 in these games.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 3-8 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 14-50. The Dodgers have a 15-48 record when opponents outhit them.
Arizona ranks in the bottom half of the league at 18th when it comes to home runs, hitting 144 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 178.
Ranking first in hits, Arizona has earned 9.31 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks 13th with 8.32 hits.
Los Angeles and Arizona both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Los Angeles sits at sixth with an OPS of .743 and Arizona ranks eighth with an OPS of .741.
The Diamondbacks are 36-67 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 37-46 when they allow at least one homer.