Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks MLB Pick – August 31st

Step back from the ledge Dodgers’ fans, everything is going to be alright. The Dodgers dropped another game in the desert last night, as they fell to 2-4 in their last six games and 3-5 in their previous eight games. The Dodgers have been tearing through teams this season that any stretch like this brings on anxiety for Dodgers’ fans. The good news is that it isn’t even September yet. Today is the last day of August.

The Dodgers are known to choke in October with the pressure on, so maybe it’s for the best that they take their dive now instead of then. Regardless of what happens the rest of the regular season, the Dodgers are going to be going into the postseason with the NL West in hand. That lead is too massive for the Diamondbacks to overcome. Despite the two losses for the Dodgers, they still have an 18-game advantage on the Snakes.

So, while Dodgers’ fans see the sky as falling after losing twice in a row to the Diamondbacks, they’re likely going to be just fine. That still doesn’t mean that they’re World Series bound, though. Just don’t expect them to be stuck in this mode for the rest of September.

They will get it going again, but who knows what the future holds for Ryu. He said his arm isn’t tired before going out and getting KO’d again Thursday night. That’s three uncharacteristically bad starts for him in a row. It’s important that Ryu doesn’t completely fall off in October. He is playing for a Cy Young in September. Any more missteps and he may blow what looked like a sure thing a month ago.

Tony Gonsolin was decent for the Dodgers last night with 2 earned runs allowed, but the 2 runs that Casey Sadler were responsible for killed the game last night for the Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw will be in the driver’s seat to try and get this ship going in the right direction Saturday. The Diamondbacks will counter with their No. 1 Robbie Ray in this one. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks pick.

L.A. Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Pick:

Betting Odds:

  • Dodgers -153/Diamondbacks +133
  • O/U: 8

Pitching Matchup:

  • Clayton Kershaw (13-3, 2.76 ERA)
  • Robbie Ray (11-7, 3.86 ERA)

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Kershaw will be asked to get the Dodgers out of this mini slump on Saturday. The Dodgers risk losing three straight games in the desert if Kershaw and LA stumble again today. Kershaw was on a seven-game winning streak before the Dodgers dropped a 5-1 decision to the Yankees at Dodger Stadium recently.

In any event, Kershaw has allowed less than 4 runs in nine straight outings. He hasn’t been tagged for 4 runs since a trip to Coors Field on June 29th. The Diamondbacks have been okay against Kershaw with a .229 average in 118 at-bats.

The offense has been sluggish for the Dodgers of late. Cody Bellinger is leading that charge, as his numbers have slipped significantly in August. He was destroying the ball earlier in the season, but pitchers are beginning to play catch up with him. On August 1st Bellinger was hitting .331, today he goes into this matchup with a .307 batting average.

Power numbers have been up against Robbie Ray historically. The Dodgers have hit 12 home runs and scored 32 runs against Ray in 237 at-bats. Enrique Hernandez has bruised Ray pretty good, with 4 long balls and 6 RBI’s in 37 plate appearances.

There are seven hitters on their roster batting greater than .300 against Ray. He did, however, lead the Diamondbacks to a 3-2 win August 3rd over the Dodgers. The due factor is never a solid handicapping technique, but it’s tough to see the Dodgers losing three in a row with Kershaw on the bump. Consider going with the Dodgers for a play in the desert Saturday.

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Kyle E / Author

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