Last Updated: 2017-10-09
The Los Angeles Dodgers now have a commanding 2-0 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Division Series needing just one more win to clinch and move on to the National League Championship Series. For the first half of the Major League Baseball regular season, the Dodgers looked like an invincible cash cow and the presumptive World Series Champion as they were on a torrid pace that was among the best in the rich history of the game. The Arizona Diamondbacks are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and for just the second time since 2007 as manager Torey Lovullo led the D-Backs to a wild card spot in his first season on the job. D-Backs general manager Mike Hazen also deserves kudos for a highly successful first season on the job as the D-Backs were a down and out franchise that has been brought back to life. Monday’s probable pitching matchup has Yu Darvish going for the Dodgers, while the Diamondbacks send Zack Greinke. Let’s look at the game and MLB picks.
The Los Angeles Dodgers visit the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, October 9 in game three of the National League Division Series with a start time of 10:08 pm Eastern on TBS.
Los Angeles -120, total 9.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Dodgers finished 104-58 on the season after playing nearly 70 percent baseball through August. Their September swoon busted more than a few bankrolls and led to concerns about their post season prospects. The Dodgers were 47-34 on the road and went over the total in just 38 out of 81 away games. The Dodgers strength is pitching and LA ranked second best in all of major League Baseball for earned run average and best for WHIP.
Arizona finished 93-69 and was a profitable 52-29 at home with just 33 out of their 81 home games going under the total. The Diamondbacks are also a strong pitching team and finished third in MLB for earned run average.
Probable Pitching Matchup – Yu Darvish vs. Zack Greinke
Right hander Yu Darvish will get the start for the Dodgers. Darvish finished 10-12 with a 3.86 earned run average. Darvish was a strong 6-4 with a 2.44 ERA in road games this year.
Right hander Zack Greinke will get the start for the D-Backs. Greinke finished with an impressive 17-7 record and 3.20 ERA on the season. Greinke was a star in the Dodgers rotation for several series and should be expected to be at his best for this one.
The D-Backs have won seven out of their last ten games at home against the Dodgers with seven out of the last ten games at Arizona between the Dodgers and D-Backs going over the total. The Dodgers won the first game of this series by a score of 9-5 and took the second game 8-5.
It has been an impressive run for the D-Backs but now we have a case of reality catching up with them. The loaded Dodgers are in top form and now have firm control of the series. With the hitting of such stars as Yasiel Puig, who has five hits in nine at bats with four runs batted in so far in this series, along with one of the top pitching staffs in the game, the Dodgers are reminding everyone why they are a top shelf World Series contender and a heavy betting favorite. I am taking the Dodgers to win this game and close out the series and I also like this game under the total.
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