The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers hook up for a three-game series at Dodger Stadium over the next few days. The Dodgers are coming off an impressive sweep of the San Diego Padres this past weekend.
In their latest win, the Dodgers blanked the Padres with an impressive 8-0 final. Max Scherzer lasted 8 innings in an impressive effort. The Padres managed just 1 hit and no walks against Scherzer. He didn’t issue any walks, so they only had one baserunner in the series finale. It’s a big loss for the Padres and a big win for the Padres.
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The San Francisco Giants keep winning, so the Dodgers don’t get any closer for their successful weekend at Dodger Stadium against the Padres. The Giants held on for a 6-5 win after just about blowing a 6-3 lead. With the win, they hold the Dodgers at a 2.5-game deficit in the NL West race.
There’s still a strong sense that the Dodgers are going to end up winning the division, but I’ve been saying for a while now that the Giants are a good team and aren’t just going to give up on fighting for the NL West title. It should be a good final sprint down the stretch. We do know that the Giants and Dodgers are both going to be postseason teams.
However, one of them is going to be going into October as a wildcard with a terrific record. Neither of them should be a wildcard, but somebody has to win the NL West and somebody has to finish second. There is no time for the Dodgers going into Monday to overlook the Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers have to stay focused on the task at hand, and hope for a slip up by the Giants down the stretch in the final two weeks. They are expected to give Clayton Kershaw the starting nod this evening at Dodger Stadium. Zac Gallen is scheduled to go for the Diamondbacks. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers pick on September 13, 2021.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Live Odds and Betting History:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Arizona Diamondbacks||+1.5 (+115)||+246||Over 8 (-105)|
|LA Dodgers||-1.5 (-130)||-277||Under 8 (-115)|
|Team Data||Arizona Diamondbacks||LA Dodgers|
|Batting Average Away/Home||.219||.233|
|Runs Per 9||4.26||5.14|
|Team ERA Away/Home||5.42||2.93|
Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers Prediction:
The Diamondbacks keep on trying, and have been much improved in the second-half, but are still well out of the postseason picture. They went on a franchise-long losing streak of 24 games to put them in the hole this season. The Diamondbacks have been able to be a more competitive team in the second-half, but not putting a dent in the NL West.
They are going into the week with a record of 47-96 and a 46-game deficit behind the Giants in the division. The Baltimore Orioles currently have a one-game advantage on the Diamondbacks for the first overall pick in the draft. Arizona has a sizable challenge on Monday against Clayton Kershaw.
We’ve seen Kershaw pitch better in other years in the past, but he has still been reliable with an ERA of 3.39 and a 0.98 WHIP. That still makes him one of the best hurlers in the major leagues, and he’s at Dodger Stadium where he’s been tough to hit. Kershaw is going into this contest with an ERA of 2.79 and a 0.91 WHIP in 58 innings at home.
In his previous three trips to the mound, Kershaw has posted an ERA of 3.50 and a 0.83 WHIP across 18 innings of work. His work versus the Diamondbacks has been solid, as they’re hitting just .159 with a .245 OBP against Kershaw in 146 at-bats. He is joined by a bullpen that doesn’t give up much. The Dodgers are second in the majors with a bullpen ERA of 3.17 and a 1.20 WHIP.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. LA Dodgers Betting Trends:
- Record (Last 10): 3-7
- 3-11 overall in their previous 14 games
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games versus the Dodgers
- OVER is 10-2 in their previous 12 games
- 10-45 overall in their previous 55 games on the road
- 0-4 overall in their previous first game of a series
- Zac Gallen ERA (Last 3): 3.06
- Record (Last 10): 6-4
- 8-2 overall in their previous first game of a series
- 41-10 in their previous 51 games versus a team with a winning percentage below 40%
- 50-17 in their previous 57 games versus the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium
- 11-1 overall in their previous 12 games versus the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium
- 6-0 overall in their previous six games at Dodger Stadium
- OVER is 5-0 in their previous five games versus the Diamondbacks
- Clayton Kershaw (Last 3): 3.50
The big lefty has been in consistent form, with 3 or fewer earned runs allowed in his last five starts. He’s allowed 2 or fewer earned runs in three of those five attempts. Kershaw should have the upper hand on a lineup that he’s neutralized in the past.
Zac Gallen has been steady with an ERA of 4.32 and a 1.30 WHIP this season. However, a lack of run support has been his downfall. Despite decent numbers, Gallen owns a lackluster record of 2-9.
Note that in four of his previous five outings, the Diamondbacks’ offense has scored 2 or fewer runs in games that he’s started. In his last two outings, they scored just 1 run in a 3-0 loss against the Padres and 3-1 versus the Rangers.
Gallen has conceded 11 hits and 6 earned runs in his last 12.2 innings on the hill. He was in great form three starts back against the Phillies in a 8-7 win, but it wasn’t his best work recently.
The Dodgers’ bullpen holds a considerable advantage in this one. They are next to first, while the Diamondbacks are next to last with a team ERA of 5.29 and a 1.53 WHIP. I don’t see Gallen getting destroyed in this one, but the door should open when he exits the game. A 5-2 or 6-3 win for the Dodgers looks about right.