It’s altogether too easy to look at the state of any given division in MLB in June and think that the race has already been won. The reality is that when you see a team holding a double-digit lead over the chasing pack, it’s natural to assume that they are not ever going to be caught. The problem there is that we have often seen big leads turn into small ones in the blink of an eye, as every team in this league goes through a rough patch at some point in the season.
Given what the LA Dodgers have done over the past couple of seasons, going to the World Series in back to back years, you would assume that their 9-game lead atop the NL West is a safe one. It may still prove to be just that but look at what the Colorado Rockies are doing right now, and you get the idea that this race is far from won. The Dodgers will start the new week on the road with a series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers are favored by 1 ½ on the road, with the run total set at 8 ½.
Dodgers vs Diamondbacks MLB Spread, Game Preview & Expert Pick
- When: Monday, June 3 at 9:40 PM EST
- Where: Chase Field, Phoenix
- TV: FSAZ
- Radio: Los Angeles / Arizona
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- Starting Pitchers: Buehler Vs Ray
- MLB Odds: Dodgers -1.5 (+105)
- Sunny: 35°C/95°F
- Humidity: 12%
- Precipitation: 0%
- Wind: 6 mph WNW
- Cloud Cover: 0%
- Type of Stadium: Retractable
Why bet on the LA Dodgers?
As mentioned earlier, the Colorado Rockies are moving up the standings in the NL West, but their run is having very little impact on the Dodgers, as they continue to find ways to keep winning. The Dodgers closed out last week on a 5-game winning streak, taking their record over the last 10 games to 9-1 SU, which has them 9 games up on the hard-charging Rockies.
While LA have been solid on the road, their 16-12 record away from home is nowhere near as good as what they are putting together at Dodger Stadium. This is a series that they might be looking forward to, though, as they tore the D-Backs to shreds earlier this season, taking 3 of 4 and outscoring Arizona 42-22 over those 4 games. It will be Walker Buehler (5-1, 4.03 ERA) who starts for the Dodgers.
- Runs: 5.43
- Hits: 8.92
- Walks: 4.08
- Strike Outs: 7.62
- Runs: 3.87
- Hits: 7.58
- Walks: 2.23
- Strike Outs: 8.68
Why bet on the Arizona Diamondbacks?
As the Rockies and Dodgers continue to win, the Diamondbacks are on a streak of form that has seen them fall from 2nd to 4th in the division. They are just 5-5 in their last 10 games, but they will have felt good about how they closed out last week, winning back to back games to take their overall season record to 30-30, which has them 11 games back of the Dodgers at the top of the West.
One of the biggest issues for Arizona right now is that they are not getting the job done at home, going 13-14 SU in their own ballpark. They are struggling against division foes, too, going 10-17 versus the West. Arizona are 8-4 ATS as a home dog this season and will start Robbie Ray (4-2, 3.59 ERA) on Monday.
- Runs: 5.27
- Hits: 9.35
- Walks: 3.00
- Strike Outs: 8.88
- Runs: 4.47
- Hits: 8.78
- Walks: 3.32
- Strike Outs: 8.97
Dodgers vs Diamondbacks MLB Betting Trends
- Dodgers are 5-0 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went OVER in 9 of the Dodgers’ last 13 games
- Diamondbacks are 2-5 SU in the last 7 games
- The total went OVER in 5 of the Diamondbacks’ last 5 games against LA Dodgers
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction for Dodgers vs Diamondbacks
We have what looks to be a pretty good pitching match-up here, so I think we are potentially looking at a close game. With that in mind, the Diamondbacks to cover is the pick I like in this one.
LA Dodgers 4 Arizona Diamondbacks 3