The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers open a short two-game series on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. Arizona are coming off a split against the Giants this past weekend. They won two and the Giants won two. The Giants got the last laugh in the series, as they dismantled the Diamondbacks by a score of 10-4 on Sunday.
The Diamondbacks have been used to the up and down that has come with 2019. It’s been a little bit of this and a little bit of that in an average season. The Diamondbacks enter Dodger Stadium with a record of 43-43, so I’d say average is dead on. They aren’t going anywhere with a record of .500 in the NL West. In fact, no one is other than the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are sitting pretty with their record of 57-29. That puts them 12 games ahead of the next closest competitor, the Rockies. The Diamondbacks are 14 games back, so it’s lights out for them already in July. When it comes to the NL West, anyway.
A record of .500 gets a team in the National League gets a team just two games out of the wildcard race. Things are likely going to shake out in the second-half and the Diamondbacks are going to need to be much better. Play .500 baseball after the All-Star break and they’re not going to be within striking distance.
As it is now, though, they are a team who are in a position to reach the postseason. They’ve made their intentions clear, and that’s they are looking at being sellers at the deadline. Zack Greinke is going to be out there, and teams have been inquiring about Robbie Ray. No way are they getting into the postseason without both in the rotation.
Rookie Taylor Clarke is getting a good look in 2019 from management. He faces a real challenge at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. Ross Stripling is expected to counter for the Dodgers. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers pick.
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If you’re just a casual observer of baseball, the name Clayton Kershaw will ring a bell. However, others in the Dodgers’ rotation aren’t exactly household names. That goes for a guy like Hyun-Jin Ryu who is a Cy Young candidate. While that may be true, Ryu has provided tremendous work for the Dodgers. That also goes for the Dogers’ starting pitcher tonight, Ross Stripling. Stripling has been putting work this season and has compiled a nice ERA of 3.08 and 1.20 WHIP.
Stripling has been used in the bullpen and as a starter, handling both roles quite well. He is coming off a solid performance against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, where he allowed 1 earned runs. Dodger Stadium is where he has been really outstanding, though. Note that Stripling owns an ERA of 1.78 and 0.99 WHIP at home this season. The D-backs are hitting .253 with just 1 home run against Stripling in 91 at-bats.
Rookie Taylor Clarke is taking his lumps in his first season at the major league level. The D-backs are giving him an extended look and chance to stay in the rotation. He will be making his 9th start tonight, as he looks to improve on an ERA of 6.10 and 1.51 WHIP. In his previous three outings, he’s been soured by a 7.82 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, and .377 OBA.
In his last appearance, he was quite good against this Dodgers team, though. He held them to 3 hits and 2 runs in 5 innings for an 8-2 victory. Expect things to change on the road in this one, though. It’s not easy to hold this offense down in consecutive starts. Look for the Dodgers to turn the table around and get the offense going in their second game against Clarke. I like a 6-3 or 7-4 win for the Dodgers on Tuesday night.