Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick 9/19/13
Los Angeles Dodgers (87-65) at Arizona Diamondbacks (77-74)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm (Chase Field)
Ricky Nolasco (R) (13-10) (3.357) vs. Wade Miley (L) (10-10) (3.704)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -126 / Los Angeles Dodgers +116 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers would like to even up their series with the Diamondbacks on Thursday at two games apiece.
The Diamondbacks defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday 9-4. Arizona had McCarthy on the hill against the Dodgers, and McCarthy was solid on the night. The Diamondbacks starter lasted six full innings, giving up three runs off of ten hits. The Diamondbacks will be hoping for a similar performance on Thursday when they send Wade Miley to the hill against Los Angeles. Miley hasn’t faced the Dodgers in his career. Miley is having a very solid season in 2013, despite having just a 10-10 record. So far this season the Diamondbacks starter has an ERA of 3.70, a WHIP of 1.32 and an opponent’s batting average of .263.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers were unable to take the advantage in this series on Wednesday when the Dodgers fell to the Diamondbacks. This will be the last time these two teams meet this season. The Dodgers had Stephen Fife on the hill against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Fife had done well recently, but he got shelled on Wednesday, giving up six runs off of four hits in just two and one thirds innings. Due to Fife’s incredibly short outing on Wednesday, the Dodgers needed to use six different arms to try and comeback against the Diamondbacks. For the sake of their bullpen, the Dodgers will be looking for a strong performance on Thursday from Ricky Nolasco. Nolasco, isn’t killing it, but has done well this season despite having a losing record at 5-8. Nolasco has an ERA of 3.85 and a WHIP of 1.22 on the year.
The Dodgers have done well in day games this season, going 25-16 overall, while the Diamondbacks are 22-21 this season in day games. Against left handed starters, the Dodgers are 25-24, while the Diamondbacks are 51-53 against righties.
I’m going to have to take the over here on Thursday. The Dodgers will be looking to clinch the division here, while the Diamondbacks, if for no other reason than pride alone, don’t want that to happen on their home field. Nolasco and Miley both have been getting hit hard lately, and in their combined last six outings, the over is 5-1.