Brett Anderson (1-1, 5.49 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (14-8) meet Jeremy Hellickson (1-3, 5.24 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (10-12) in the second of a three-game division series at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 8-0 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 9:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 2 and will air on FSN-AZ, SportsNet LA and MLB.
In his last start, Anderson pitched 4.2 innings, giving up three runs, striking out three and walking two in an 8-3 loss to the Giants. Andre Ethier (.327, 12 Rs, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs) continued his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Dodgers, Hellickson is 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA, two strikeouts and zero walks. Paul Goldschmidt (.346, 18 Rs, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Diamondbacks, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Los Angeles, a -148 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Arizona. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. The Dodgers have a winning record of 12-7 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +198. They have impressive records of 10-7 as the favorite and 10-8 SU within their division. The Dodgers come into the game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the NL, averaging 4.8 runs per game. The Dodgers are a stellar hitting team with 8.9 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the NL. Don't expect the Los Angeles hitters to swing wildly. They average only 7.0 strikeouts per game. Turning to the pitching staff, they have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, leading the NL with 9.6 strikeouts per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Diamondbacks come into this game with a win percentage of .429 when playing as the underdog (6-8) and an overall money line of +50. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 4-6 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-4 record. Arizona has stepped up their play against division opponents. They have averaged 5.3 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.6.
This game will feature Hellickson (RHP) on the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 9-1 home and 12-6 overall record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Anderson will take the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 7-8 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers are 11-8 against their divisional rivals, while the Diamondbacks are 9-8 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 7-2, while Los Angeles is 4-4.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 0-4 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 0-5. The Diamondbacks have a 2-9 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks at the top of the league when it comes to home runs with 35 this season. Arizona ranks near the bottom at 24th with 14.
Los Angeles and Arizona both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at fourth with 8.90 hits per game and Arizona ranks fifth with 8.86.
Los Angeles ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .832. Arizona ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .681.
The Diamondbacks are 5-8 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 8-5 when they allow at least one homer.