The Arizona Diamondbacks had one of their most resilient wins of the season on Saturday night against the New York Mets. With Mickey Callaway pulling Jacob deGrom after 1-run allowed in 6.2 innings, the floodgates opened for the Diamondbacks as they erased a 4-0 deficit to win 6-5. They put up 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game up and then won it in extra innings.
The Mets didn’t look too excited to be out there on Sunday after blowing a solid deGrom start. The D-Backs routed the Mets by a score of 7-1 yesterday afternoon. They got started early with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning and didn’t look back from there. It’s a good showing by the Diamondbacks, but they’re still behind the big picture in the NL West.
It was a showing for the Dodgers over the weekend, as they flattened the Phillies in three games. They outscored Philadelphia by 18-6, highlighted by a blowout on Sunday, 8-0. It made for the fifth straight win for the Dodgers and a record of 9-1 in their previous ten games.
The Dodgers look like the team to beat in the major leagues despite no Yasiel Puig or Manny Machado. In fact, they’ve looked like a more rounded team without Puig around. Meanwhile, he is having a difficult time getting going in Cincinnati with the Reds.
For as much as Puig does right, he can definitely be a liability at times, mainly the gaffes he seems to endure running the bases occasionally. I wouldn’t exactly say he’s a “clubhouse” guy, either. Look at Joey Votto if you want a team player on the Reds. The Dodgers are doing just fine without him and are putting up some impressive numbers offensively. Walker Buehler will take on Robbie Ray this evening in the desert. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks pick.
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An argument against the Dodgers going into this contest might be the fact that they could be due for a letdown spot after sweeping a marquee team like the Phillies. However, a counter argument could be that the Mets could have a letdown as well. They just climbed a hill to make a comeback on Saturday and then blew the doors off them Sunday. The Diamondbacks were on a five-game losing streak going into Saturday before the comeback. Arizona moved to .500 with the win at 30-30 on the year.
The Dodgers enter the desert with the best record in the majors at 41-19. They’ve been getting a bit of everything lately, as the pitching and offense have both chipped in to help. The Dodgers have given up just 6 runs as a team, while scoring 20 runs in their previous four contests. Walker Buehler hopes to notch his sixth win and advance to 6-1 in 2019.
Other than his last showing, he has been a reliable option for the Dodgers in the rotation. He got taken for 5 runs in 5 innings of work, though the offense helped him out in a 9-8 victory. Buehler has gotten excellent run support over the last two games with 19 runs score in his favor.
Buehler’s effort against the Mets was the first time that he allowed more than 3 runs since an April 11th start. He has been serviceable on the road with an ERA of 3.94 and 1.19 WHIP. Note that he has given up just 2 runs in his last 12 innings as a visiting pitcher. Buehler was on a serious roll with only 2 runs allowed in 19 innings before the Mets took him for a ride. The Diamondbacks are hitting .241 with no home runs against the 24-year-old in 29 at-bats.
Robbie Ray has been having a solid season for the D-Backs and has been the next best option behind Zack Greinke. With Greinke likely gone in a trade later in the season, Ray will move into the ace role in Arizona.
He is going to need to be better than a 5.14 ERA and .400 OBA to be a true ace, though. Ray has given up 16 hits and 9 runs in his last three starts. I don’t think Ray gets absolutely hammered here, but he has it tough on Monday against a hot Dodgers squad. It’s hard not to like the Dodgers at a decent price in this one tonight.