Rubby De La Rosa (6-3, 4.69 ERA) and Carlos Frias (5-5, 4.31 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (37-39) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (43-35) at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks won the last game 10-6 and Arizona leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 30 and can be seen on SportsNet LA and FSN-AZ.
De La Rosa pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking one in a 6-4 defeat to the Rockies. Paul Goldschmidt (.352, 55 Rs, 20 HRs, 64 RBIs, 15 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, two RBIs, and two stolen bases. Frias is 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA when pitching against the Diamondbacks. He is up against a good Arizona offense which is hitting .261 this season. Justin Turner (.324, 30 Rs, 11 HRs, 36 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Dodgers, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Los Angeles takes on Arizona as a -120 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at nine runs. The Diamondbacks have an overall money line of +nine and a record as the underdog of 24-26. Within its division, Arizona has a 6-6 as the underdog and a 20-20 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 37-31 record and an overall money line of -697. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 26-18 record against NL West rivals, and a 27-19 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 fourth in the league with 244 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 3.7 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 1.18 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, 7-3. The Diamondbacks have a 28-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Frias takes the mound. De La Rosa (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a 39-26 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Diamondbacks are 21-20 against their divisional rivals, while the Dodgers are 27-20 against their division.
The Diamondbacks are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The Dodgers have a 0-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 9-26. The Dodgers have a 9-24 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 15th in home runs, Arizona has hit 70 this season. Los Angeles ranks third with 100 home runs.
Ranking 12th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.35 per game. Arizona ranks in the top five at third with 9.05.
Ranking 14th, Arizona is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.718). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .764.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 16-24, well-matched with the Diamondbacks who are 18-33 when allowing at least one homer.