Zack Greinke (18-3, 1.65 ERA) takes the hill for the Los Angeles Dodgers (85-65) as they square off against Chase Anderson (6-6, 4.52 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (73-78) in the third of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium. The Diamondbacks won the last game 8-0 and Arizona leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 23 and can be seen on FSAZ, SNLA and ESPN.
Greinke pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking two in a 6-2 win over the Pirates. Andre Ethier (.294, 50 Rs, 13 HRs, 45 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday. Anderson went 2.0 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out three and walking one in a 6-2 defeat to the Giants in his most recent start. Paul Goldschmidt (.318, 94 Rs, 30 HRs, 102 RBIs, 21 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Diamondbacks, going 2 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 -245 favorite, takes on Arizona. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at six runs for this matchup. The Dodgers have an overall money line of -845 and a record as the favorite of 75-54. Los Angeles has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 36-22 and 39-24 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 40-48 record and an overall money line of -157. They are 18-21 as the underdog against NL West opponents, and 33-34 SU. The Diamondbacks are an excellent base stealing team with 127 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 11-6. The Dodgers have a 67-48 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Anderson takes the mound. Greinke (RHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have a 54-58 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers have a 39-25 record against the NL West Division, while the Diamondbacks have split their meetings with divisional opponents, 34-34.
Arizona has won 51% (28-27) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 53% (29-26) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Diamondbacks managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are heading in with a 48-25 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 14-50. The Dodgers have a 14-48 record when opponents outhit them.
Arizona ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting 143 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 176.
Ranking first in hits, Arizona has earned 9.30 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks 13th with 8.36 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 .744 and Arizona ranks seventh with an OPS of .743.
When the Diamondbacks allow at least one home run, they are 36-66. When the Dodgers allow one or more homers, they have a 36-46 record.