Carlos Frias (4-3, 4.25 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (33-25) go up against Robbie Ray (1-0, 0.82 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (27-30) in the second of a three-game division series at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 9-3 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 9 and will air on FSN-AZ and SportsNet LA.
Frias has a 0.00 ERA and a 1-0 record in his career against the Diamondbacks, but faces a solid Arizona offense that's hitting .262 on the year. Adrian Gonzalez (.329, 37 Rs, 11 HRs, 39 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Diamondbacks were unsuccessful to the Mets 6-2 the last time Ray pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out four and walking one. A.J. Pollock (.321, 40 Rs, 7 HRs, 27 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs.
Los Angeles, a -161 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Arizona. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. The Dodgers are 29-22 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -237. They have performed well against their division to earn an SU record of 21-16 and a 21-15 record when they were the favorite. The Dodgers have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.4 runs per game. The Dodgers are an exceptional hitting team with 8.7 hits per home game, one of the highest marks in the NL. The Dodgers typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an NL-high 3.6 walks per game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Dodgers are fourth in the league in WHIP at 1.19. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out at Dodger Stadium, leading the NL with 9.4 strikeouts per home game.
Switching gears, the Diamondbacks come into this game with a win percentage of .459 when playing as the underdog (17-20) and an overall money line of +39. Against divisional foes, they are 13-12 SU and 8-9 as the underdog. Arizona is a terror on the base paths, ranking second in the MLB with 52 stolen bases. Arizona's pitching staff tends to perform well when they play division rivals. They've allowed an average of 3.8 runs per game against teams from the NL West, lower than their season average of 4.6.
The Dodgers had the upper hand against the Diamondbacks in their previous seven games this season, earning a 5-2 record. This game will feature Ray (RHP) on the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 29-19 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Frias will take the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 21-22 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Diamondbacks are an even 13-13 against the division, while the Dodgers sit at 22-16.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 9-16 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 4-17. The Diamondbacks have a 7-22 record when opponents outhit them.
Arizona ranks in the top half of the league at 13th when it comes to home runs, hitting 54 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 76.
Ranking eighth, Los Angeles is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.51 per game. Arizona ranks in the top five at third with 9.45.
Ranking 10th, Arizona is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.723). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .775.
The Diamondbacks are 15-25 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 14-17 when they allow at least one homer.