The National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers will continue their divisional battle on the road at Chase Field on Tuesday night with the second game of their three-game series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers have opened up a resounding 13-game advantage in the NL West race, all but locking up the division with more than half of the season remaining on the schedule. Meanwhile, Arizona has fallen two games back of the final Wild Card spot in the National League after losing eight of their last 10 games. Can Arizona get back on the winning track versus the division-leading Dodgers on Tuesday night?
Marte avoids major injury over the weekend
The Diamondbacks appear to have avoided a scare when aspiring All-Star Ketel Marte was injured in Friday’s loss to the San Francisco Giants. Marte, 25, left the game with a groin cramp, but was available off of the bench in the series finale on Sunday. He is in the midst of a breakout campaign in Arizona, hitting .309 with a career-high 20 home runs, 51 RBIs and a .946 OPS.
Ketel Marte has homered 6 times in his last 8 games 🔥 pic.twitter.com/bgkxKYPNrO
— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) June 16, 2019
The Diamondbacks are scheduled to send lefty Robbie Ray to the hill at Chase Field against the Dodgers on Tuesday. Ray is 5-4 with a 3.87 ERA this season, but he’s turned the corner as of late, pitching into the sixth inning or later in each of his last four starts. The 28-year-old allowed three runs in six innings of work against the Rockies, striking out nine batters and walking five in a tough loss.
After dominating the Dodgers throughout his career, Los Angeles has had the lefty’s number this season, scoring six runs in 12 combined frames against him this season. He is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA versus the Dodgers this season after going 5-1 with a 2.82 ERA in his previous 11 starts against them dating back to 2016. According to Baseball Savant, the current Dodgers’ roster is batting only .218 in 181 plate appearances off of the DBacks’ lefty heading into this matchup.