In the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (13-8) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (13-8) at Dodger Stadium, Scott Baker (0-1, 3.86 ERA) and Rubby De La Rosa (2-1, 4.68 ERA) take the mound. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 1 and will air on FSN-AZ and SportsNet LA.
Baker has a 3.27 ERA and a 1-0 record in his career against the Diamondbacks, but is up against a strong Arizona offense that's hitting .256 on the year. Adrian Gonzalez (.383, 19 Rs, 8 HRs, 19 RBIs) played well again Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Diamondbacks were unsuccessful the last time De La Rosa pitched. He pitched well, going, going 7.0 innings, giving up one run and striking out eight in a 2-1 loss to the Pirates. Paul Goldschmidt (.338, 18 Rs, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Diamondbacks, going 3 for 4 Wednesday with two runs, one RBI, and one stolen base.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Dodgers have an SU record of 9-8 against teams in their division. The Dodgers have the most prolific offense in the entire NL, averaging 4.7 runs per game. The Dodgers rank fourth in the NL in hits with 8.9 per game. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking fourth in the NL with an average of 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.
Against divisional opponents, the Diamondbacks are 8-7 SU. When it comes to scoring runs, the Diamondbacks have performed much better than normal against teams from the NL West. During those games, they averaged five runs per game, above their 4.3 season average. The Diamondbacks have racked up 19 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league.
In their previous three games this season, the Diamondbacks have a 2-1 record. The Dodgers will take on a right-hander (De La Rosa) in this game. They have done very well against right-handed starting pitchers this season (11-6), especially at home where they have a 8-1 record. Taking the hill against the Diamondbacks will be the right-hander Baker. They sport a 6-8 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
The Dodgers hold a 10-8 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Diamondbacks' record in these matchups is 9-7.
When the Diamondbacks play into extra innings, they have a 2-0 record. The Dodgers are 1-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Diamondbacks are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Dodgers have a record of 7-2 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks both have winning records. Los Angeles has a 12-2 record in these situations while Arizona is 6-1.
Ranking 12th, Arizona sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 96 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 100.
Ranking 14th, Arizona is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 66 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fifth with 78.
When the Dodgers hit at least one home run, they are 11-5. When the Diamondbacks hit at least one homer, they have an 8-2 record.