Allen Webster (1-1, 6.46 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (36-39) go up against Mike Bolsinger (4-2, 2.95 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (43-34) in the first of a three-game division series at Chase Field. The game starts at 9:40 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 29 and will air on SportsNet LA and FSN-AZ.
In his last start, Webster pitched 4.1 innings, allowing three runs (two unearned), striking out three and walking two in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies. Paul Goldschmidt (.349, 54 Rs, 20 HRs, 62 RBIs, 13 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. In his career against the Diamondbacks, Bolsinger is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, and eight strikeouts. Justin Turner (.320, 30 Rs, 11 HRs, 36 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Dodgers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Arizona is a +119 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. The Diamondbacks are 23-26 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -91. They have a 19-20 record SU and are 13-14 as the underdog within their division. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking second in all of baseball with 66 steals.
On the other side, the Dodgers have a record of 37-31 when they are favored and are -697 overall with the money line. Against divisional rivals, they are 27-19 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 26-18 record. The Dodgers rank fifth in the NL in scoring, averaging 4.2 runs per game. Los Angeles is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 240 extra base hits. Los Angeles has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an NL-best 3.5 walks per game. Playing against NL West foes really brings the worst out of the Los Angeles pitchers. They allow 3.7 runs per game against teams within their division, which is higher than their season average of 3.4. They have a WHIP of 1.17, best in the MLB. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in baseball with an NL-high 8.7 strikeouts per game.
The Dodgers had the upper hand against the Diamondbacks in their previous nine games this season, earning a 7-2 record. This game will feature Bolsinger (RHP) on the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 27-29 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Webster will take the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 39-26 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Diamondbacks are an even 20-20 against the division, while the Dodgers sit at 27-19.
Los Angeles has won 55% (16-13) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Arizona has won 59% (13-9) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 7-12 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 23-8. The Dodgers have a 30-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 324 this season. Arizona ranks seventh with 334 runs.
Los Angeles tops the league in walks with 275 this season. Arizona ranks in the top half at 14th with 225.
The Diamondbacks are 25-14 when they hit at least one home run. The Dodgers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 34-21 record.