The Dodgers have been on such a hot run that they were bound to hit a wall sooner than later. The Diamondbacks blasted them for a 12-4 final. It took the Dodgers until the 9th inning to score any runs, putting up 4 in the top of the 9th. A nice way to finish the game up, but it was way over by that point. Despite the result last night, the Dodgers will be vying for the World Series soon. I suspect that is going to happen without much support at the sportsbooks. On paper they look like a pretty good call to win the World Series, but from what we’ve seen in the past, they just may as well head into game 1 with a noose because a lot of people will be waiting for the choke job to ensue. A bad start from Clayton Kershaw, who has gotten rocked before in the postseason, and I’m afraid everything else will come crashing down for them. Kershaw needs to pitch a lights out type game right off the hop, instilling some confidence in the rest of the team.
Did the Dodgers peak too early, though? They are winners of 13 in their last sixteen, but have dropped their last two now to the DBacks. That is what I worry about with teams after being so hot. Variation and regression is bound to catch up. Now all the Dodgers can hope this doesn’t turn into regression that absolutely takes away what they’ve done these last few weeks. Leave it to the Dodgers to do that, but let’s jump to conclusions yet and see what they do. A win today in game 3 of their series would get them right back on track. Michael Bolsinger gets the nod today for the Dodgers. Bolsinger has helped the Dodgers out immensely after their rotation took a hit due to injuries. He’s been steady and pitching well behind Greinke and Kershaw. He faces Rubby De La Rosa of the Diamondbacks tonight in Arizona.
L.A. Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Michael Bolsinger (6-3, 2.97 ERA) vs. Rubby De La Rosa (12-7, 4.49 ERA)
After losing to a team twice in a row who is going to be on vacation when the Dodgers are in the postseason, doesn’t leave the best taste in their mouths. A sweep is of course the worst case scenario, but the best they can do is take a split in Arizona. Bolsinger may be able to slow down the Diamondbacks tonight. He hasn’t been a bad pitcher at all, yielding a 2.97 ERA in 91 innings pitched this season. Bolsinger is in fact an Arizona product, who is in his second season in the pros. He’s making his return tonight, looking to get back at the team that apparently weren’t too confident in him. Bolsinger has been pretty solid lately too, pitching for a 2.65 ERA in his last three starts. He hasn’t allowed greater than 3 runs in over five starts ago.
I think Bolsinger should be able to stymie the Diamondbacks tonight after the Dodgers dropped their last two. De La Rosa doesn’t impress me in the least, entering with a 4.49 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. He also has had some problems of late, posting a 6.19 ERA in his last three outings. He allowed 11 runs in those three appearances. I have to take a look at the Dodgers today on a short line following two straight losses in this series.
PICK: DODGERS TO WIN -120