As we come to the end of another week in the MLB, we move ever closer to the finish line that is the end of the regular season. While there are a few teams who could start to feel a little comfortable at this late stage of the proceedings, those teams will be well aware that taking your foot off the gas now could make it tough to get back up to speed once the playoffs roll around. The reality is that the top teams in the league are all starting to look that much stronger, while the teams still in the playoff hunt look to keep the pace.
Two teams who fall on either side of that fence will hook up for a 3-game series over the weekend, with the Arizona Diamondbacks heading into LA to face the Dodgers. Arizona is still very much alive in the NL Wild Card race, while the Dodgers edge ever closer to clinching the division with plenty of time to spare. It is the Dodgers who are favored by 1 ½ at home, with the run total set at 7 ½.
Diamondbacks vs Dodgers MLB Odds, Game Info & Prediction
- When: Friday, August 9 at 10:10 PM EST
- Where: Dodger Stadium, LA
- Starting Pitchers: Ray vs. Buehler
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Radio: AM 570
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Odds: Los Angeles Dodgers -185 (Total 7.5)
- Sunny: 23°C/74°F
- Humidity: 60%
- Precipitation: 0%
- Cloud Cover: 0%
- Wind: 5 mph SW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Arizona Diamondbacks?
The Arizona Diamondbacks had a decision to make at the trade deadline, with many reports suggesting that they might be willing to sell. That never came to pass, though, and while there are a variety of reasons why that might have happened, you have to feel that one of the biggest reasons was that the D-Backs still feel as though they have a shot at the postseason.
They are certainly looking set to make a run, winning 2 in a row ahead of this one to get to within a game and a half of the final Wild Card slot. It’s never easy to go into LA and get a win, but the Diamondbacks are 2 games above .500 at 31-29 in hostile territory. They are a stellar 28-14 ATS as a road dog. It will be Ray (10-7, 4.03 ERA) who gets the start here.
- Runs: 5.21
- Hits: 9.05
- Walks: 3.32
- Strike Outs: 8.36
- Runs: 4.59
- Hits: 8.54
- Walks: 3.11
- Strike Outs: 8.75
Why bet on the LA Dodgers?
We are all really just counting down the days until the Dodgers officially clinch the NL West, and it has to be said that they are doing all they can to get there as quickly as humanly possible. They are once again on a tear, sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals to take their current win streak to 5 games. They have won 6 of 7 in their current homestand and are 8-2 in their last 10 overall.
LA is now sitting at 77-40 on the season, but it is at home where they have been unstoppable, going 46-15 in their own ballpark. They are 8-4 in their regular-season series with Arizona. It will be Walker Buehler (10-2, 3.22 ERA) on the mound for this one.
- Runs: 5.44
- Hits: 8.82
- Walks: 3.84
- Strike Outs: 8.15
- Runs: 3.87
- Hits: 7.57
- Walks: 2.32
- Strike Outs: 9.10
Diamondbacks vs Dodgers MLB Betting Trends
- Diamondbacks are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona’s last 5 games against an opponent in the National League
- Dodgers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Dodgers’ last 6 games
- Dodgers are 33-10 against the money line in home games after a win this season
- Diamondbacks are 31-29 against the money line in road games this season
- Ray is 7-6 when starting against LA DODGERS with an ERA of 3.18 and a WHIP of 1.182
- Buehler is 1-0 when starting against ARIZONA with an ERA of 3.56 and a WHIP of 0.923
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
There are just certain times when I get a bit of a hunch, and today is one of those days. I have a sneaking suspicion that the Diamondbacks are going to head into LA on Friday night and steal this one.
Score: Arizona Diamondbacks 4 – LA Dodgers 2