Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Luke Weaver (1-6, 7.44ERA)
The Los Angeles Dodgers hope that a change of scenery will do them well this week in the desert. The Dodgers are losers in two straight games after dropping two in a row against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. They almost looked bored out there on Saturday in a 5-2 loss, and then the starting pitching and bullpen did nothing to help in a 7-6 loss on Sunday.
Julio Urias, who has been hot and cold through a small sample size of games this season, was off the mark with 5 hits and 4 earned runs allowed in 4.1 innings. The Dodgers are still in full control of the NL West with a record of 30-12. Since they won that 30th game, the Dodgers haven’t been too hot, though. They have a 4.5-game advantage on the San Diego Padres in the division.
A lot can change in a hurry, especially against a team like the Padres. If the Dodgers stayed in a funk, the Padres could easily pull up right beside the Dodgers in the NL West. In any case, both teams are going to be going to the postseason regardless of who wins the divisional race.
Major League Baseball made sure that a lot of teams are going to be playing postseason baseball. The Padres and Dodgers are not a team I’d want to see if I’m a starting pitcher for another team. Both of their lineups are difficult to navigate, and if they’re hot, it can be a major struggle to get anything done on the bump.
The Diamondbacks are just trying to find some form of offense. They had a golden opportunity with Zac Gallen on the mound last night and couldn’t help him out. The Diamondbacks made Kevin Gausman of the Giants look like a Cy Young candidate. He’s certainly not, though the D-backs anemic offense made it look like it.
Arizona now has to deal with the Dodgers for three days. That’s not a nice welcome home, but we’ll see if the Diamondbacks find some motivation. Walker Buehler and Luke Weaver are scheduled to start on Tuesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix. Head below for our free LA Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks pick for September 8, 2020.
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The three pitchers that get to see the Diamondbacks over the next three days are probably going to feel fortunate. If they don’t take the Diamondbacks lightly, they should be able to put together some nice numbers at Chase Field.
Walker Buehler had a rough start to the 2020 season, but has been bouncing back in fine form recently. Buehler enters Arizona with an ERA of 3.60 and 0.97 WHIP. In his previous two starts, which consisted of 11 innings of work, Buehler conceded just 1 earned run.
His most recent performance was against the Diamondbacks on September 2. The Diamondbacks tried for 5 innings to buy a run against Walker, but came up short. They managed 2 hits and a walk and that was all in the way of offense for the Diamondbacks versus Buehler.
In 112 at-bats against the D-backs, Buehler has foiled them for a .138 batting average and .164 OBP. He’s probably not going to give up much in this one. The Diamondbacks are struggling offensively with only 3.98 runs scored per game in 2020. Conversely, the Dodgers lead the majors with 5.62 runs per outing.
Luke Weaver, who has been struggling mightily, will be left to try to figure out the Dodgers on Tuesday night. Weaver just hasn’t had it following a promising 2019 campaign. He had his best season yet, as Weaver recorded a 2.94 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 12 starts in his fourth season in the majors and first year in Arizona.
Weaver has been miserable this season, though, as he attempts to find his form. He goes into this one with an ERA of 7.44 and 1.59 WHIP through eight games. Chase Field has been the worst for him, with Weaver surrendering a 8.25 ERA and 1.92 WHIP at home. After a day off following two losses against the Rockies, look for the Dodgers to respond well on the road in Phoenix.