Los Angeles Dodgers (98-55) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (49-101)
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks continue their three-game series on Saturday. These teams played on Friday evening, but this preview was written prior to the conclusion of that contest. Los Angeles enters the series as winners of four of their last five games, including a 7-5 victory over Colorado on Thursday. Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over Atlanta on Thursday.
Los Angeles has defeated Arizona five straight times, including earning a sweep 9/13-15. The Dodgers had dominated the Diamondbacks in general, going 13-2 against Arizona this season.
10th Inning Victory Keeps Dodgers RollingThe Los Angeles Dodgers defeated Colorado on Thursday in 10 innings, 7-5. Los Angeles trailed by two entering the eighth but scored a run in each of the final two frames before winning in extra innings. Cory Seager had four hits and drove in two runs. That gave Los Angeles victories in four of their last five games, as the team has scored 30 runs during that stretch.
"This game is hard. I know we're the Dodgers and we have guys who make it look easy but this a hard game that can humble you." @maxmuncy9 with @kirsten_watson on the fight the #Dodgers showed in today's comeback win over the Rockies. pic.twitter.com/5E3FsCCHm4— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) September 23, 2021
Los Angeles is fifth in runs per game (5.06) and first in runs allowed per contest (3.44). They are also first in run differential at +1.61. The team is 13th in team batting average (.243) and fifth in home runs per game (1.39).
Los Angeles will start left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw is 10-7 with a 3.27 ERA in 20 starts. The left-hander missed almost all of July and all of August, not returning until September 13 when he allowed one run in 4.1 innings to Arizona. He has made another start this month, allowing one run in five innings to Cincinnati on September 19.
Los Angeles is led by Max Muncy with 35 homers and 90 RBI. Four other dodger players have at least 20 homers, including both Will Smith and Justin Turner who each have 25. Los Angeles is hitting .240 and averaging 5.31 runs per nine innings against right-handers.
Diamondbacks End SkidThe Arizona Diamondbacks ended their four-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over Atlanta on Thursday. It has not been a good month for Arizona in general, as they are 5-14 in September. The pitching staff has really struggled this month, posting a 5.50 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.
Arizona is 25th in runs per game (4.18) and 29th in runs allowed per contest (5.60). The team is also 29th in run differential at -1.43. They are 24th in team batting average (.235) and 29th in home runs per game (0.89).
Arizona will start right-hander Zac Gallen. Gallen is 2-10 with a 4.53 ERA in 21 starts. The righty is struggling this month, going 0-2 with a 5.50 ERA in three starts. He has allowed 11 total runs in 18.0 innings, including allowing four in each of his last two outings.
This is an Arizona lineup that is not very good. However, they have had some success against lefties this season. They are hitting .249 and averaging 5.05 runs against left-handers.
Los Angeles Dodgers:
- 4-1 in their last five games on the road.
- 50-15 in the second game of their last 65 series.
- 37-14 in their last 51 games.
- 34-91 in their last 125 games.
- 16-43 and their last 59 games against left-handed starters.
- 13-38 in their last 51 games against teams with a winning percentage about 60%.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
This has been a series that has been dominated by Los Angeles. They had beaten Arizona in 37 of the last 51 meetings, including five of the last six in Arizona. The Diamondbacks simply have no answers for the Dodgers, and they have not fared well against left-handers as it is.
Kershaw has looked good since returning from the disabled list, putting together a solid performance in his first game back, allowing one run in 4.1 innings against Arizona back on September 13. This season he has allowed three earned runs in 10.1 innings against the Diamondbacks, and I look for him to have another outstanding performance figure in a Dodgers victory.
Full-Game Total Pick
These teams have gone over in five straight meetings in Arizona and six of the last eight meetings overall. Arizona has gone over in eight of their last 10 at home.
I have little doubt that Los Angeles is going to score in this game. The question will be how well the Diamondbacks can perform against Kershaw and the Dodgers bullpen. I see them having limited success, quite likely scoring no more than three runs and this game. There is a part of me would really like push on this contest, as I see a 6-3 score as the likely final, however, if given a choice, I definitely take the over.
Take Los Angeles to win, 7-3.