Heading into game two of this NL West matchup, the Diamondbacks (57-57, 28-29 home) will send Merrill Kelly to the mound against the Dodgers (66-46, 32-26 away) and Bobby Miller. Check out my pick for today’s Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game in Phoenix.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS VS ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -133
This game will be played at Chase Field at 9:40 ET on Wednesday, August 9th.
WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS:
- The Dodgers will be taking on a Diamondbacks club that is just 2-8 over their last ten games.
- In their five most recent games as the favorite, the Dodgers are 5-0.
- Merrill Kelly has given up three away runs across his last two starts.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS LOOK TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS ON THE ROAD
Coming in with an overall record of 66-46, the Dodgers are winners of four straight games. Through 35 series, they are 22-12-1 and in 1st place in the NL West. At home, they have gone 34-20 compared to 32-26 on the road.
Bobby Miller takes the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers with an impressive 6-2 record. The right-hander has made 12 appearances this season, boasting an ERA of 4.26 and a K/9 of 8.81. His FIP is 3.54 and opponents are hitting just .295 against him.
In Bobby Miller’s most recent start against the Padres, he gave up two runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings. Despite not receiving a win or loss, the Dodgers emerged victorious with a 10-5 scoreline.
The Dodgers have been one of the top power lineups in the league of late, having hit 15 home runs over their last ten games. Compared to other clubs, this is 5th best in that span. For the season, they are ranked 2nd in home runs and 3rd in slugging percentage. Overall, Los Angeles is averaging 5.7 runs per game (2nd).
The Dodgers have seen Mookie Betts lead the way offensively over their last ten games, with 4 home runs and a season-long total of 31. The outfielder has been a consistent presence at the plate, boasting an overall batting average of .286.
WILL THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
On a record of 57-57, the Diamondbacks come into today’s game 3rd in the NL West. When playing at home, they are 28-29 and 29-28 on the road. Arizona has played in 36 series thus far, and have gone 18-15-3.
Merrill Kelly will take the mound for the Diamondbacks with a 9-5 record this season. He has made 19 appearances, boasting an ERA of 3.21 and a K/9 of 9.48. His FIP stands at 3.90 and his OBP is .283.
Merrill Kelly delivered a quality start in his most recent appearance, going six innings and giving up two runs. Unfortunately, the Diamondbacks were unable to come away with the win, losing 3-2 to the Twins.
As a team, Arizona has scuffled at the plate of late, with a combined batting average of just .202 over their last ten games. Compared to other teams, this is just 28th in that span. When looking at the team’s power numbers, they have a season-long slugging percentage of .420% while going deep a total of 126 times (17th). Overall, the Diamondbacks are 10th in the MLB at 4.7 runs per contest.
Christian Walker has been a major contributor to the Diamondbacks’ offense in 2023, leading the team in home runs with 23 and RBIs with 70. His slugging percentage for the season is an impressive .511.