Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 4/20/14
Arizona Diamondbacks (4-14) at Los Angeles Dodgers (10-6)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Josh Collmenter (R) (0-1) (6.750) vs. Josh Beckett (R) (0-0) (4.000)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -150 / Arizona Diamondbacks +140 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-AZ, SportsNet LA
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers will square off Sunday afternoon in a rubber game. The Dodgers tied the series up with an 8-6 win.
The Diamondbacks have lost seven of their last eight games, but have found some sort of offense in this series by scoring 10 runs in the first two games. However, the Diamondbacks pitching staff has allowed five or more runs in eight of their last nine games. Josh Collmenter will get the nod on Sunday, and he’s allowed five runs and 12 hits in 12 innings of work this season. In 12 career games against the Dodgers, Collmentor is 3-5 with an ERA of 5.06.
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The Dodgers have lost three of their last five games, but found their offense in Saturday’s victory, which included a homerun and three RBI by Andre Either. The Dodgers pitching staff continues to carry the load for much of the season, and Josh Beckett will take the mound in hopes of keeping the trend alive. Beckett is 0-0 on the season with a 4.00 ERA and has allowed seven hits and five runs in nine innings of work. Beckett is 2-5 with a 3.90 ERA in nine career starts against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 2-7 in Collmenter's last 9 starts as a road underdog and 4-1 in Collmenter's last 5 starts vs. National League West. The Dodgers are 0-6 in Beckett's last 6 starts vs. National League West and 5-0 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series. The Diamondbacks are 13-6 in the last 19 meetings in Los Angeles.
While the Dodgers aren’t fulfilling expectations and Beckett could implode at any time, the Dodgers have won six of their seven meetings against the Diamondbacks this season.
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