Arizona Diamondbacks (47-97) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (92-53)
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers complete their three-game series on Wednesday. The teams play on Tuesday but this preview was written prior to the conclusion of that contest. The Dodgers won the opening contest of the series, 5-1.
The Dodgers have won the last three games between these teams. Los Angeles has dominated Arizona this season, going 14-2.
Diamondbacks Look for Answers Against DodgersIt has been a tough season for the Diamondbacks and no team epitomizes their struggles more than the Dodgers. Los Angeles has owned the Diamondbacks this season, not just winning, but crushing them. That includes outscoring Arizona 32-9 in the last four games series.
Arizona is 25th in runs per game (4.19) and 29th in runs allowed per contest (5.55). They are 28th in run differential at -1.35. The offense has struggled, ranked 24th in batting (.235) and 29th in home runs per game (0.89).
The Diamondbacks have not named their starter for this contest. Merrill Kelly is listed as questionable and will likely get the start if he can go. The right-hander is 7-9 with a 4.30 ERA.
Eduardo Escobar leads the Diamondbacks with 22 homers and 66 RBI. David Peralta (56) is the only other player with more than 50 RBI on this team. Arizona is hitting .248 and averaging 5.13 runs per nine innings against lefties.
Dodgers Win Four StraightWith their 5-1 victory over Arizona on Monday, the Dodgers have now won four straight games. The pitching staff has been incredible, tossing two shutouts and allowing five total earned runs in the four games. They have allowed 15 earned runs total in the last eight games.
We’ve missed this. pic.twitter.com/NPH5rzH3nO— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 14, 2021
Los Angeles is fourth in runs scored per game (5.03) and first in runs allowed per game (3.93). They are first in run differential at +1.64. They are doing well offensively, ranked 14th in hitting (.241) and fifth in home runs per game (1.40).
Julio Urias will get the start for L.A. The lefty is an incredible 17-3 with a 2.98 ERA in 28 starts. Urias has allowed one earned run in 12.2 innings pitched in his two starts this month. That comes after posting a 1.38 ERA in August in five starts.
Max Muncy leads the team with 32 homers and 83 RBI. Justin Turner is second in RBI with 80. The Dodgers are hitting .239 and averaging 5.33 runs per nine innings against right-handers.
- 32-84 in their last 116 games.
- 13-39 in their last 52 games against NL West opponents.
- 10-46 in their last 56 games on the road.
Los Angeles Dodgers:
- 6-1 in their last seven games on a Wednesday.
- 42-10 in their last 52 games against teams with a winning percentage below 40%.
- 75-30 in their last 105 games at home.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
This looks like a lock for Los Angeles. Not only have they dominated the Diamondbacks this season, but Urias has been unreal this season. Arizona has been much better on offense against lefties, but Urias is a whole different animal. He has been spectacular this season and Arizona was dominated by the lefty that last time he faced them, as Urias allowed one run in 6.2 on May 18 and no runs in five innings on August 1.
Full-Game Total Pick
They have not set a total for this game, likely because the Diamondbacks have not named their starter. Because Urias is pitching, you can be sure that the total is going to be low in this game.
These teams have gone over in five of the last six meetings. Arizona has gone over in eight of the last 10 games, but the Dodgers have gone under in 19 of the last 27. The pitching will be the difference in this game.
Take the Dodgers to win, 6-1.