Dodgers vs Diamondbacks MLB Lines & Game Preview.

Dodgers vs Diamondbacks MLB Lines & Game Preview

Written by on September 26, 2018

The Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t played to expectations for much of this season, but they are surging at the right time and in position to win yet another NL West title. L.A. can shrink its magic number to do so Wednesday when it plays at division rival Arizona, which has been eliminated from playoff contention. The Dodgers are MLB odds favorites here.

How to Bet Dodgers vs Diamondbacks MLB Lines & Game Info

  • When: Wednesday, 9:30 PM ET
  • Where: Chase Field, Phoenix
  • Probable pitchers (away/home): Ross Stripling/Zack Greinke
  • TV: ESPN
  • Live Stream: WatchESPN
  • Radio: TuneIn
  • MLB Odds: Los Angeles Dodgers -115 / Arizona Diamondbacks -105 (Total 7.5)

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  • Wind: 5 mph S
  • Stadium Type: Retractable

Why Bet on LA Dodgers?

As of Tuesday, L.A.’s magic number was five as the club looks to clinch its sixth consecutive National League West title. The Dodgers are 21-8 since August 24, which is the best record in the National League in that time. The Dodgers have posted a .682 (15-7) winning percentage in September, which is the best mark in the National League this month. The club’s 7-4 (.636) road record in September is the fourth-best winning percentage on the road in the Senior Circuit this month. The 226 total homers by the Dodgers this year rank second in the Majors behind only the Yankees (252). The club is currently tied for eighth on the National League’s all-time list for the most home runs hit in a single-season with the 2000 San Francisco Giants (next: 231, 2007 Milwaukee Brewers). In September, Yasiel Puig is hitting .364 (16-for-44) with 10 runs, one double, seven homers and 15 RBI along with a 1.304 OPS. His seven longballs during this month are tied for the fourth most in the Majors. Among qualifying hitters (min. 50 PA), Puig’s 1.304 OPS this month is the best mark in the Majors, while his .364 batting average in September is currently tied for the second best in the National League with teammate Chris Taylor. Among NL hitters with 125 or more plate appearances since the All-Star break, Puig ranks among the league leaders in slugging percentage (4th), OPS (.932, 10th), homers (T-17th) and stolen bases (T-10th). It’s L.A.’s Ross Stripling (8-5, 2.84), who had a breakthrough first half that was rewarded with an All-Star berth, but he’s only lasted 3 1/3 innings in each of his three starts since returning from the disabled list and lower back pain. Stripling last faced the Diamondbacks on April 30 at Chase Field, where he allowed four runs on eight hits in 4.0 innings, receiving the loss in the Dodgers’ 8-5 defeat. He struck out two batters against one walk on 66 pitches. In three career starts against the Snakes, he has gone 1-1 with a 4.80 ERA (8 ER/15.0 IP), striking out 12 batters against two walks while posting a 1.20 WHIP.

Why Bet on Arizona?

The Diamondbacks are just playing out the string. First baseman Christian Walker left Monday’s game against the Dodgers with a facial contusion after being hit in the head by a pitch. A Kenta Maeda offering struck Walker on the extended ear flap and it appeared that his nose was cut, as well. He’ll be put through concussion protocol. Paul Goldschmidt has reached base via hit or walk in 18 of his last 22 home games, hitting .284 (23-for-81)/.945 OPS with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 5 homers, 11 RBI, 1 HBP and 13 walks. Goldschmidt is the first player in the live ball era (since 1920) to increase their batting average to .300 or higher in a season in which it was under .200 at some point after at least 200 plate appearances. In 105 games since May 23, he is batting .335 (135-for-403)/.426 OBP/.625 SLG/1.051 OPS with 27 doubles, 3 triples, 28 homers, 70 RBI, 3 HBP and 61 walks. Dodgers vs Diamondbacks should be a victory for the home team. Eduardo Escobar’s 47 doubles are tied for 10th most all-time in a season by a switch-hitter with Randy Winn/SEA & SF (2005), Pete Rose/CIN (1975) and Wes Parker/LAD (1970) [next: Dmitri Young/CIN (48 in 1998), Jed Lowrie/OAK (49 in 2017) and Brian Roberts/BAL (50 in 2004)]. Arizona’s Zack Greinke (14-11, 3.21) has lost each of his last two starts. He was beaten against the Rockies on Friday, giving up three earned runs on four hits over 7.1 innings, striking out six and walking two as the Diamondbacks fell 6-2. It was a strong outing for the right-hander but his teammates didn’t offer him much run support and the Rockies tagged the Arizona bullpen for three earned runs after he left the contest, eventually forcing Greinke to settle for his 11th defeat of the season. He’s just 1-3 over his last five starts, but Greinke has provided excellent fantasy value overall once again at age 34 this season, as he’s sporting a 1.06 WHIP to go along with a 193:41 K: BB over 201.2 innings.

Latest Dodgers vs Diamondbacks MLB Betting Trends

  • Dodgers are 5-2 in Stripling’s last 7 road starts
  • Dodgers are 12-5 in Stripling’s last 17 starts
  • Diamondbacks are 3-13 in their last 16 games vs. a right-handed starter
  • Diamondbacks are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series
  • LA Dodgers is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
  • LA Dodgers is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Dodgers’s last 6 games when playing Arizona
  • Arizona is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Arizona is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

Expert MLB Betting Prediction for Dodgers vs Diamondbacks

Greinke is better than Stripling, but the Dodgers care and the Snakes don’t. Take Arizona.
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