Even when a team is going well, there tends to be at least one thing that serves as an Achilles heel. For the LA Dodgers, it has been their ability to perform well on the road that has hurt them this season. For the Arizona Diamondbacks, it has been their inability to get over the .500 mark that has been so frustrating. These two teams will square off in a 3-game series in Arizona, with the second game set to go on Tuesday night, with MLB lines on Dodgers’ side.
A Brief Preview on the LA Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Odds Favorites & Game InfoTime: Tuesday, 9:40 p.m. ETVenue: Chase Field, PhoenixNational TV: noneOpening line: Dodgers -121, Diamondbacks +111 (9)The Los Angeles Dodgers (43-34) hold a slender 1 game lead in the NL West, but the margin could be a whole lot wider of they could find a way to consistently win on the road. The Dodgers have been great at home, posting a 27-13 mark to this point in the season, but their 16-21 road record leaves an awful lot to be desired. If this team has aspirations of making it all the way to the World Series, they are going to have to find a way to get wins away from the cozy confines of Dodger Stadium. They are 4-3 on this current 10-game stand, and will take some heart from having a winning record during this run if they can win the series against the Diamondbacks. Carlos Frias (5-5, 4.31 ERA) will get the start for the Dodgers on Tuesday. Frias was excellent in his last outing, giving up no runs in a 4-0 win over the Cubs.Fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks (36-39) would love nothing more than to see their team finally get over that .500 hump. It’s not as if the opportunity to do so hasn’t been there. Arizona have had 11 opportunities to hit .500 since they slipped under that mark back in April. They somehow managed to lose all 11 of those games, and seem to freeze when opportunity knocks. They are now 3 games under that mark, and would need a sweep of the Dodgers to get back to even. If they could manage that, they could take a nice chunk out of the 6-games that separate them from LA right now, and they might start to think about maybe making some moves at the trade deadline. We are getting a little ahead of ourselves here, though, as the D-Backs have failed to answer every time opportunity knocks. Rubby de la Rosa (6-3, 4.69 ERA) will start for Arizona on Tuesday. He has been sharp as of late, and has only surrendered 2 earned runs in his last 3 starts.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Dodgers’ last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of LA Dodgers’ last 10 games on the road
- Arizona is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona’s last 7 games