The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers will begin their penultimate series of the year when they contest the first of three games at Chase Field in Arizona on Monday night. Los Angeles has taken a lead atop the National League West with a 9-2 record in its last 11 contests. The Diamondbacks, who recently tumbled out of playoff contention, are a horrendous 1-7 in their last eight outings.
Runs, runs, and more runs
Manny Machado, Austin Barnes, and Matt Kemp homered to support Hyun-Jin Ryu’s 6.0 scoreless innings on Sunday as the Dodgers coasted to a 14-0 victory over San Diego. Kemp went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs, while Max Muncy recorded four RBIs. Los Angeles, which took two of three from the Padres, sits one game behind Atlanta for home-field advantage in that potential National League Division Series. The Dodgers have set a franchise record for home runs in a single season with 225.
Left-hander Clayton Kershaw (8-5, 2.45 ERA) is taking the mound for Los Angeles on Monday. Kershaw struggled with his command last Tuesday and settled for a no-decision after allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and five walks over 7.0 innings against the Rockies. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has surrendered three earned runs or fewer in 23 of his 24 starts this season. Arizona’s A.J. Pollock is 9-for-45 with nine strikeouts against Kershaw, who is 15-9 with a 2.53 ERA in 30 career appearances against Arizona– including a 5-8 record and 3.65 ERA in 14 games at Chase Field.
One day after officially being eliminated from playoff contention, the Diamondbacks may not lack motivation as they entertain the Dodgers. After all, who wants to see a division rival celebrate on their own field? Arizona will be hoping to prevent a celebration at Chase Field by the Dodgers, whose magic number to clinch the National League West is six (they own a 1.5-game lead over Colorado). Chris Owings, Eduardo Escobar, and David Peralta notched two hits apiece in Sunday’s 2-0 setback, as Arizona fell to 1-5 on its nine-game home-stand. The Diamondbacks are 9-7 against the Dodgers this season, including a 5-2 record at home.
Robbie Ray (6-2, 3.92 ERA) will oppose Kershaw on Monday. The left-hander won his third straight decision this past Wednesday, allowing one hit with four walks and eight strikeouts in 6.0 scoreless innings against the Cubs. The 26-year-old has posted a stellar 1.59 ERA with 46 strikeouts over 34 frames in his last six turns.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are:
- 8-20 in their last 28 overall
- 1-6 in their last seven home games
- 0-4 in their last four games against the National League West
The Los Angeles Dodgers are:
- 8-2 in their last 10 overall
- 4-1 in their last five road games
- 13-3 in their last 16 games against the National League West
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Arizona outfielder Steven Souza Jr. is listed as day-to-day after being removed from Sunday’s game with a lower back spasm. A total of three runs were scored by the Diamondbacks in three straight losses to the Rockies this past weekend and they have dropped 12 of their last 15 contests. The Dodgers are 4-1 in the last five meetings between the two teams and 7-2 in Kershaw’s last nine starts against Arizona
Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers
Full-Game Total Pick
Ray has gone 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA in his last five home outings and owns a 7-3 record and 2.63 ERA in 14 career starts against Los Angeles. He will have to be good again with Kershaw going for L.A. The under is 8-3-1 in the Dodgers’ last 12 against the National League West, 20-8 in their last 28 against winning opponents, and 3-1-1 in Kershaw’s last five starts against the National League West. It is also 13-3 in the Diamondbacks’ last 16 against the National League West and 7-3 in their last 10 against left-handed starters. Look for this one to stay under the total.