I don’t know if I should feel lucky or unlucky about last night’s bet. We took the over in the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees game. The total was set at nine runs, and this series had featured all kinds of fireworks as the two teams combined for thirty-two runs in the first two games of the series. This game looked to follow the exact same pattern as by the end of the third inning we had already seen six runs scored.
Then mother nature got involved. The game hit a rain delay, and it clearly derailed all the offense we had seen earlier in the game, and when the ninth inning started, we were still stuck at six runs. It felt like a pretty bad beat if the rain hadn’t come I am quite certain this game would have easily sailed over. But then we ran a little good as the Yankees mounted a comeback in the ninth and scored three runs.
This put the final score at 6-3 Red Sox, and we earned a push. This feels like it should have been a win, but in the end, I am happy we escaped with a push, as we could have easily lost this one after the rain delay wiped out all the offense. Today we will shift to the National league as the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will travel to Los Angeles Friday night for game one of a three-game series with the Dodgers. The Diamondbacks are enjoying some early season success, as their nine wins are second most in the National League and they sit alone atop the NL West Division standings.
The Dodgers have not gotten off to a great start and are fresh off being blasted by the Oakland A’s for sixteen runs in their last game. Your starting pitching matchup for this one will feature Zack Greinke (0-1 5.06 ERA) for the Diamondbacks facing off against Kenta Maeda (1-0 0.00 ERA). The Dodgers are -132 home favorites. The game total over-under is set at six and a half runs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM PST.
These two teams matched up in Arizona earlier this month for a three-game series, and the Diamondbacks were significant underdogs in each game. They swept the series three games to none, outscoring L.A. 18-7 along the way. They held the Dodgers to one run or less in two out of the three games, it was a dominant series for Arizona. They will once again be underdogs today against the Dodgers.
Arizona will turn to their ace, Zack Greinke, tonight in game one. Greinke has had a rocky start to the season. He looked good in his first outing as he pitched five and a third and allowed just one run and ended up a hard-luck loser as his team offered no run support. He looked worse in his last start against the Cardinals as he lasted just five innings and gave up five runs. But if you look at Greinke’s recent success in the National League you know he is much better than this slow start has shown.
Since coming over from the American League after spending his first several seasons with the Kansas City Royals, Greinke has been nothing less than spectacular. He owns a lifetime record of 106-39 in the National League, that is good for a 73% winning percentage. Greinke is a multiple time All-Star and has finished in the top ten of the Cy Young Award voting four out of the last five years, including finishing fourth last season. It was very surprising to me to see Greinke as an underdog tonight.
Kenta Maeda has gotten off to about as good of a start as can ever be expected. He pitched five shutout innings and struck out ten in his first start of the season, picking up the win against the Giants. Then his next start got skipped as the game got postponed for rain, and he actually helped out in the bullpen for a couple of days and was used for one inning and did not allow a run. Maeda is ready to get back into the starting rotation tonight against the rival D-Backs.
Kenta Maeda is a good, solid starting pitcher. But he ain’t no Zack Greinke. I was shocked to see the Dodgers open as a favorite in this one. They are playing so bad right now, and Greinke, while struggling a bit at the moment, is really good. Pop quiz, who has more wins, the Los Angeles Dodgers or the San Diego Padres? If you guessed Dodgers, you were wrong. It was a trick question as both teams are tied for the last place in the division with just four wins on the year.
I know that eventually, this Dodger team is going to turn things around and be competitive, but right now they aren’t. They just got blown out and allowed sixteen runs to the hapless Oakland A’s. The Dodgers are 26th in the majors in run scored and 24th in slugging percentage. The fact of the matter is that this team just can’t hit right now, and I expect Greinke to shut them down.
The Diamondbacks were underdogs in all three games against the Dodgers in their first series, and I backed them in each game and won all three. I am going to follow that trend tonight and back the D-backs as dogs. I feel I am getting the better team, that is playing much better right now, and I really like our side of the starting pitching matchup. Give me the Arizona Diamondbacks as road underdogs tonight from Dodger Stadium!