Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers face off on Saturday Morning in Australia as the 2014 Major League Baseball season gets underway. The Dodgers are -165 favorites over the Diamondbacks with an over/under run total set at 6.5.
The Arizona Diamondbacks finished at .500 last season and they made some roster moves over the off season to try and improve on that mark. Paul Goldschmidt is the centerpiece of the organization and the player they are going to build around and he is coming off of an outstanding year hitting .302 with 36 home runs and 125 RBI’s. Martin Prado moves to third base this season and the Diamondbacks traded for Mark Trumbo who can take the ball deep on any swing but the big issue is he has one of the worst on base percentages. Gerrardo Parra is coming off of a solid year hitting .282 and of course Kirk Gibson is quickly emerging as one of the better managers in the game. Wade Mileyl gets the Opening Day start for Arizona as the pitching staff is already seeing it’s share of struggles to stay healthy. Addison Reed was acquired from the White Sox in the off season and will be called upon if the D-Backs are in a situation to use him.
The Los Angeles Dodgers spent money last season and continued to try and spend in the offseason to try and build a team that can compete for a World Series championship. The Dodgers took an early exit from the post season last year after winning the NL West. Yasiel Puig retuns for his second season in the majors and will try to avoid the sophomore jinx while Hanley Ramirez will just try and stay healthy for the season. Adrian Gonzalez bats cleanup while Andre Ethier may be the best number seven hitter in all of baseball. For the opener it is no surprise the Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw to the mound. Kershaw has emerged as the best pitcher in baseball coming off of another Cy Young Award winning season and the Dodgers bullpen is absolutely stacked as well.
Arizona is 11-3 in their last 14 games with the total set at 6.5 or lower, 1-4 in their last five games, 1-5 in game one of a series, and 5-2 in Miley’s last seven starts in game one of a series. Los Angeles is 2-5 against a left handed starter, 23-5 in game one of a series, 1-4 in their last five games as a favorite, and 6-2 in Kershaw’s last eight starts against the NL West. LA has won seven of the last 10 meetings of these two.
I can’t go against the Dodgers and Kershaw here though I don’t see the win coming easy.
Los Angeles Dodgers -165 Arizona Diamondbacks