The Los Angeles Dodgers (44-45) and Arizona Diamondbacks (47-43) will close out a three-game National League West series Wednesday night at Chase Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles has won three games in a row, including a 6-1 victory over Arizona as +111 road underdogs Tuesday, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest. The Dodgers haven’t been at .500 since sitting at 13-13 on April 30, as they currently sit 2.5-games back of the Diamondbacks in the division standings. Offensively, the team is getting major production out of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez recently, who is hitting 4.10 with eight RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak. Los Angeles is 4-1 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125.
Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 2.82 ERA) has led the club to three consecutive victories, including a 10-2 road win over the San Francisco Giants last time out, as he allowed two runs and four hits over 6.2 frames. The left-hander is 3-2 with a 3.96 ERA in eight road games, surrendering four home runs in 50 combined innings. In two against the Diamondbacks this year, Ryu has compiled a 1-0 record and 4.50 ERA.
Arizona has scored just two runs in the first two games of this series, while going UNDER the total in its last three affairs. “Brutal,” commented Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. The Diamondbacks held a 9.5-game lead over the Dodgers, but that lead is down to 2.5 after their current opponent has proven victorious in 14 of their last 17 games. It’s surprising that the offense is struggling, considering that first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is 10 for 24 in his last six games. Arizona is 6-8 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the UNDER going 10-4 in that situation.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 3.65 ERA) has led the club to three wins in his four starts, including a 5-0 home victory over the Colorado Rockies last time out, as he allowed three hits over eight shutout innings. The left-hander is 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA in seven career home outings, with opposing hitters batting .222 against him. Skaggs didn’t earn a decision in a 2-1 road loss to the Dodgers in his only lifetime appearance against them on Sept. 1 of last season.
Sports bettors will likely back the Diamondbacks due to their 4-1 record in their last five home games against left-handed starters.
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