Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 3.73 ERA) and Chase Anderson (0-1, 4.24 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (15-8) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (10-13) at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 6-4 and Los Angeles leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 3 and can be seen on FSN-AZ and SportsNet LA.
Kershaw is 10-8 with a 2.67 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 148 strikeouts against the Diamondbacks. Adrian Gonzalez (.371, 20 Rs, 8 HRs, 20 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Anderson is 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA against the Dodgers in his career. He takes on a good Los Angeles offense that's batting .269. Ender Inciarte (.321, 17 Rs, 9 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Los Angeles is a -157 favorite against Arizona and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Dodgers have recorded an overall money line of +298 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 13-7. Los Angeles has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 11-7 and 11-8 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Dodgers are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits with an impressive 8.8 per game. Los Angeles leads the whole NL in walks, earning an average of 3.8 per game.
As for their opponent, Arizona is coming in with an overall money line of -50 and a disappointing record of 6-9 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-4 record, and a 4-6 record SU. Offensively, the Diamondbacks have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.4 runs per game by averaging 5.0 in those contests.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 3-2. The Dodgers have a great 10-1 record at home (13-6 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Anderson takes the mound. Kershaw (LHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have a 3-3 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Diamondbacks are an even 9-9 against the division, while the Dodgers sit at 12-8.
The Diamondbacks are 2-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 1-2 in such matchups.
The Diamondbacks are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Dodgers have a 3-3 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 0-5. The Diamondbacks have a 2-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks at the top of the league when it comes to home runs with 37 this season. Arizona ranks near the bottom at 23rd with 16.
Ranking sixth, Arizona is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.68 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.77.
Los Angeles ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .838. Arizona ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .686.
The Diamondbacks are 5-9 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 9-5 when they allow at least one homer.