Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers finish up their series in Arizona on Sunday. The Diamondbacks are -150 favorites over the Dodgers with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Arizona Diamondbacks aren’t ready to give up in the National League West and as one of the most improved teams in baseball this season there isn’t reason for them to pack it in yet. On Saturday Brandon Allen hit a three run home run, Miguel Montero had a hit and scored, and Geoff Blum had a hit and scored as the Diamondbacks were able to convert five hits into three runs and a win. On the mound starts Ian Kennedy allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out seven over seven innings of work while David Hernandez pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his eighth save. For Sunday’s game Arizona starts Daniel Hudson who has five wins and five no decisions in his last 10 starts. For the season Hudson has allowed 126 hits and 52 earned runs while striking out 99 over 125 innings of work.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are a team in turmoil and while on the field they have underperformed, off the field this team may have even bigger problems. On Saturday Matt Kemp hit his 24th home run, Aaron Miles had a hit and scored, and Rafael Furcal drove in a run as the Dodgers scored two runs off of five hits. On the mound Hiroki Kuroda pitched well allowing five hits and three runs while striking out seven over six innings of work but once again the lack of run support led to his 11th loss of the year. For Sunday’s game the Dodgers look to bounce back as they start Ted Lilly who won last time out to end a personal four game losing streak. For the season Lilly has allowed 116 hits and 57 earned runs while striking out 78 in 107 innings of work.
Arizona is 2-5 in their last seven home games, 0-5 in their last five game three of a series, and 7-1 in Hudson’s last eight starts against a team with a losing record. Los Angeles is 5-1 in their last six games overall, 1-5 in their last six games as an underdog, and 1-4 in Lilly’s last five starts. Los Angeles is 10-5 in their last 15 games in Arizona.
While neither of these pitchers are world beaters, neither of these teams can hit consistently so don’t expect much offense. I’m taking the under 8.