The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks will continue a four-game NL West series Saturday night from Chase Field. The Dodgers will give the starting call to 23-year old left-hander Julio Urias, and the Diamondbacks will counter with 26-year old right-hander Luke Weaver. L.A. won the 2019 season series 11-8 and tallied a 6-3 win in the series opener on Thursday night.
Urias Makes Second Start, Dodgers' Pitching Dazzles
Julio Urias is hunting for his first victory of the season in this one. Urias pitched well in his first start, limiting the Giants to one run in five innings, although he did walk three batters in a game the Dodgers lost by a 3-1 mark. The young left-hander has a ton of upside and earned a sharp 2.49 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in just under 80 innings with the Dodgers last season. Urias held the Diamondbacks to one run in seven innings in the only meeting in 2019 which was his only career outing against Arizona.
Max Muncy had trouble against the D-Backs pitching in 2019, recording a .185 average with 18 strikeouts, so it will be interesting to see how he performs in the rest of this series after going deep in Thursday's series-opening triumph. The 29-year old slugger will strike out a fair amount but can go deep at any time. He has three homers along with four RBIs this season.
Is it hot in Arizona or is it these bats? pic.twitter.com/BXqup156h1— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 31, 2020
The Dodgers rotation has been hit with injuries to Clayton Kershaw and now Alex Wood. Their pitching depth has been on full display in their strong start to the season and currently owns a 1.03 team WHIP. L.A. split four games with the Giants in their first series and have earned three straight wins entering Friday.
The Dodgers are scoring an average of 5.29 runs per game, ranking them 8th in the big leagues. They hold a stellar 2.15 team ERA, good for third in all of baseball.
Weaver Rocked in Season Debut, Offense Slumps
The D-Backs will have Luke Weaver take the hill for the second time of the season in this one. Weaver was clobbered for six runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings in San Diego in his season debut and was tagged with the loss as a result. The fifth-year right-hander was tremendous in his 12 starts last season, registering a stifling 2.94 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP and a 4-3 record. He squandered five runs (four earned) in his lone start against the Dodgers last year and has allowed 13 runs (eight earned) in nine career innings against the division rivals.
Nick Amhed was productive against the Dodgers last season, accumulating 12 RBI’s in 63 at-bats. The 30-year old shortstop is coming off a career-year in 2019, bashing 19 homers along with 82 RBI’s. Ahmed is struggling right now, hitting an atrocious .183 and has yet to drive in a run.
Arizona has a solid lineup but has not been able to manufacture any offense. They rank near the bottom of the Majors in most offensive categories and quietly find themselves in a hole in the NL West.
The D-Backs slumping offense ranks down at 29th with an average of 2.86 runs per game. They enter with a 5.34 team ERA, pegging them 23rd in the Major Leagues.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are:
- 6-0 in Urias' last six starts against a team with a losing record.
- 15-3 in their last 18 road games.
- 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 games against the NL West.
- 2-5 in their last 7 games overall.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home underdog.