Los Angeles Dodgers (79-32; 52-55-4 O/U) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (63-48; 50-55-6 O/U)
MLB: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 9:40pm EST
Line: Los Angeles -126/Arizona +116
The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the Los Angeles Dodgers in an NL West showdown Wednesday night from Chase Field. The Dodgers will give the nod to 26-year old left-hander Alex Wood, and the Diamondbacks will turn to 33-year old right-hander Zack Greinke. The Dodgers lead the season series 6-4.
Wood Aims for Third Win Against Arizona this Season
Alex Wood take the mound for the 20th time of the season, targeting his third straight win. Wood was very sharp once again in his latest effort, holding the Braves to one run in six innings, and notched another win to boost hit record to 13-1. The 6-foot-4 southpaw is having a phenomenal season, sporting a 2.33 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in 104.1 innings logged. He has pitched well against Arizona this season, limiting them to only four runs in 15 innings and now owns a 4-3 record with a 3.06 ERA in 47 career head-to-head innings. Jake Lamb is 2 for 9 with two RBI’s against Wood, while Paul Goldschmidt is 5 for 17 with four RBI’s, and David Peralta is 2 for 10. Chris Taylor continues to swing the bat well, belting three home runs along with six RBI’s over his last six games. The 26-year old left-fielder is having a very impressive season, hitting .312 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI’s. Taylor is an outstanding 10 for 17 with three RBI’s against the Diamondbacks this season.
The Dodgers continue to thrive at the plate, now averaging 5.13 runs per game, ranking them fifth in the Major Leagues, and are hitting .259 as a team. The L.A. pitching continues to shine, sporting a Major League best 3.07 team ERA.
Greinke Looks to Rebound from Rough Outing Against Cubs
Zack Greinke will take the mound for the 23rd time of the year, looking to rebound from a rough outing. Greinke surrendered six runs including two homers in six innings to the Cubs in his latest start, and managed to escape with the no decision in a game Arizona won. The 6-foot-2 ace is having a stellar season, featuring a 3.10 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP accompanied with a 13-4 record in 142.1 innings pitched. He took on the Dodgers early in the season and allowed five runs in five innings, and now sits at 3-3 with a 4.34 ERA in eight career starts against the division rivals. Corey Seager is 6 for 9 with four RBI’s against Greinke, while Justin Turner is 6 for 14 with five RBI’s, and Joc Pederson is 3 for 9. Paul Goldschmidt is off to a red hot start to the month, bashing three home runs along with 11 RBI’s over his last six games. The 29-year old first baseman is having another tremendous season, sporting a .323 average with 25 home runs and 89 RBI’s. Goldschmidt has been productive against the Dodgers this season, going 10 for 35 with seven RBI’s.
The Diamondbacks deep lineup is scoring an average of 4.99 runs per game, good for sixth in all of baseball and feature a .256 team batting average. The Arizona pitching has been strong all season, sporting a 3.54 team ERA, good for second in the Majors.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are:
- 13-3 in Wood’s last 16 starts.
- 4-0 in Wood’s last 4 starts against a team with a winning record.
- 5-0 in Wood’s last 5 road starts.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are:
- 21-47 in their last 68 games against the Dodgers.
- 1-8 in their last 9 in the second game of a series.
- 12-30 in their last 42 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
I am taking the Dodgers in this matchup. The Dodgers scored five runs in five innings against Greinke in the lone meeting this season, and he owns a 4.34 career ERA against L.A., so look for the Dodgers to push across some runs. In addition, Wood has limited the Diamondbacks to only four runs in 15 innings to go with a 2-0 record this season, and the Dodgers continue to find ways to win ball games.
Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -126
Wood has been lights out on the road this season and Greinke has been outstanding at home. Wood has pitched well against Arizona this season and he features a 1.55 ERA on the road, and the under is 4-0 in his last four starts against a team with a winning record. Greinke rarely has two weak outings in a row, so I expect him to rebound nicely and the under is 4-1 in Greinke’s last five starts against a team with a winning record.