Robbie Ray (2-3, 1.98 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (37-40) take on Brett Anderson (4-4, 3.13 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (44-35) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at Chase Field. The Dodgers won the last game 6-4 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 9:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jul. 1 and can be seen on SportsNet LA and FSN-AZ.
Ray pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs (one unearned) and striking out five in a 4-2 defeat to the Padres. Paul Goldschmidt (.354, 55 Rs, 20 HRs, 65 RBIs, 15 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Anderson is 0-1 with a 3.91 ERA when pitching against the Diamondbacks. He takes on a good Arizona offense which is hitting .261 this season.
Los Angeles takes on Arizona as a -123 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Diamondbacks have an overall money line of +149 and a record as the underdog of 25-26. Within its division, Arizona has a 6-6 as the underdog and a 21-20 SU. Arizona is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 72 bases.
In games where it is the favorite, Los Angeles has a 37-32 record and an overall money line of -847. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 26-19 record against NL West foes, and a 27-20 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.2 runs per game, which is good for fifth in the NL. The Dodgers have a dynamic offense, ranking third in the league with 249 extra base hits. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 3.6 per game. The Dodgers allow 3.4 runs per game, but does worse whenever another team from the NL West Division is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average up to 3.9 against division foes. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Dodgers are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.19 for the season. The Dodgers have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.7 strikeouts per game.
The Dodgers have controlled the season series, 8-3. The Diamondbacks have an 8-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Anderson takes the mound. Ray (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a 39-27 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Dodgers's last 9 games.
LA Dodgers are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of LA Dodgers's last 13 games on the road.
LA Dodgers are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Dodgers's last 5 games when playing Arizona.
LA Dodgers are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games when playing Arizona.
LA Dodgers are 11-5 SU in their last 16 games when playing on the road against Arizona.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 17-13, while Arizona is 13-10.
The Diamondbacks are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 13 strikeouts. The Dodgers have a record of 2-1 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 9-27. The Dodgers have a 9-24 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 13th in home runs, Arizona has hit 71 this season. Los Angeles ranks third with 102 home runs.
Ranking 10th, Los Angeles is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.41 per game. Arizona ranks in the top five at third with 9.12.
Ranking 15th, Arizona is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.719). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .765.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 17-24. When the Diamondbacks allow one or more homers, they have an 18-34 record.