MLB Picks: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will open up a three-game National League West series Friday night at Chase Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks  

The Los Angeles Dodgers went 9-10 against Arizona in 2013
The Los Angeles Dodgers went 9-10 against Arizona in 2013

Los Angeles hits the road after dropping three of five games on its season-opening homestand, including a 7-6 defeat to the Detroit Tigers as +104 home underdogs Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total for the fourth time in five affairs.  The Dodgers went 9-10 against the Diamondbacks last season despite outscoring them by a 83-77 margin.  Los Angeles is 23-13 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 over the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 30-18 in that situation.

Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-1, 3.86 ERA) is coming off his first loss of the season, as he allowed eight runs (six earned) and eight hits over two innings of work in a 8-4 home defeat to the San Francisco Giants.  The left-hander has gone 8-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 17 career road games, with opposing hitters batting .236 against him.  In six career games versus the Diamondbacks, Ryu has compiled a 2-2 record and 4.00 ERA.

Arizona returns home after splitting six games of its road trip against the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants, with the OVER cashing in five of those affairs.  The Diamondbacks have been led offensively by new addition Mark Trumbo, who has five home runs and 13 RBIs through the first 12 games of the 2014 campaign.  First baseman Paul Goldschmidt is also a player to watch—coming in with a eight-game hitting streak versus the Blue Crew.  Arizona is 1-4 versus left-handed starters this season.

Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy (0-1, 7.82 ERA) has watched the club drop his first two outings of the season, as he looks to bounce back from a 9-4 road loss to the Colorado Rockies last Saturday.  The right-hander has surrendered four home runs in 12.2 combined innings of work.  In three lifetime appearances versus the Dodgers, McCarthy has compiled a 2-0 record and 2.79 ERA, including a 1-0 mark and 4.38 ERA in two appearances a year ago.

Sports bettors will likely back the Dodgers due to their 39-19 record in their last 58 road games.

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