The Dodgers got by the Diamondbacks last night in extra innings for a 6-4 final score. It was 3-3 heading into extras and that was your final score, so if you had the UNDER that one is a tough one to swallow. The Dodgers tacked on 3 runs in the top of the 10th off a Howie Kendrick solo homer, who had a monster game, and then LA followed it up with a 2 run double courtesy of Yasmani Grandal. Grandal also had a big game, as he kicked off the scoring in the 2nd with a two-run dinger and then came through for the Dodgers in the 10th. The Dodgers stay atop of the division with the win, but we’ve seen this act with them before.
The Dodgers always have the spotlight during the regular season, while the San Francisco Giants are sitting in wait for the postseason, and then boom, the Dodgers’ rivals are on top of the baseball world. Every sport has a couple of teams like that. All hype in the pre-season and even regular season, but when it is all said and done they are nowhere to be found when the real season starts in the playoffs. Dodger fans are hoping that it isn’t a repeat performance in 2015. There is immense talent there, they just have to get it together as a whole cohesive unit.
Last night the Blue Jays couldn’t it going against Eduardo Rodriguez. I handicapped perfectly that Marco Estrada was going to be tired after the amount of pitches he dealt out in his last two starts. Estrada got knocked out relatively early, and the bullpen held strong the rest of the way for the Jays. Unfortunately the Blue Jays were unable to take advantage of a left-handed pitcher, something they’ve done quite frequently this season. But back to the Dodgers and Diamondbacks for tonight, as we look for a winner to get July started off the right way.
L.A. Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Brett Anderson (4-4, 3.13 ERA) vs. Robbie Ray (2-3, 1.98 ERA)
I view Brett Anderson and Robbie Ray in similar lights. In one instance they could be on the brink of breakout seasons, and on the other it could just be a flash in the pan for Anderson and Ray. Anderson has been producing for the Dodgers with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He has shown some good stuff in the past. With the Athletics in 2010 he posted a 2.80 ERA, but after that he was never really given the opportunity of playing fulltime in a starting rotation. Last season with the Rockies we seen a bit of it, where he finished with a 2.91 ERA in nine starts. He’s been on an impressive run lately, yielding a 1.71 ERA in his last three starts. He has allowed more than 3 runs only twice this season, and only once in his last ten starts.
Robbie Ray is different in the sense that he still trying to get his feet wet. Last season he got a taste of it and got rocked as a member of the Detroit Tigers, in the minimal time he played. However, this season he has made the Diamondbacks happy to acquire him from the Tigers. But how much longer can he go performing at this level? Right now there aren’t many indications that he is going to slow down. In his last three starts he’s been pitching fine as well, with a 2.41 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. I think there is some value to be had in the UNDER tonight between the Dodgers and DBacks.
PICK: UNDER 8.5 RUNS (+108)