Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/15/14
Arizona Diamondbacks (29-40) at Los Angeles Dodgers (35-33)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Bronson Arroyo (R) (6-4) (4.223) vs. Josh Beckett (R) (4-3) (2.353)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -151 / Arizona Diamondbacks +141 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-AZ, SportsNet LA
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to sweep the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon.
The Diamondbacks have lost five of their last six games and are 6-7 in the month of June. In this series it’s been the pitching that has let them down, as the Diamondbacks have allowed a combined 10 runs in the first two games and four or more runs in six of their last seven. Of course, this is nothing new for a Diamondbacks squad that has an ERA of 4.43. Offensively, the Diamondbacks have picked it up a little, including Paul Goldschmidt, who has four homers in his last 10 games. Bronson Arroyo takes the hill, and he’s 6-4 with a 4.22 ERA and has 46 strikeouts in 81 innings. Arroyo is 5-5 with a 3.75 ERA in 15 career starts against the Dodgers.
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The Dodgers are just trying to find some consistency, as they’ve gotten off to a 7-6 start this month. One thing that has picked up has been a Dodgers offense that has scored four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Dodgers are 32-7 this season when that’s the case. Adrian Gonzalez has scored a run in four of his last six games and Matt Kemp has at least one RBI in three straight games. Josh Beckett takes the mound, and he’s 4-3 with a 2.35 ERA and has 70 strikeouts in 72.2 innings. Beckett is 2-5 with a 3.59 ERA in 10 career starts against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 6-2 in Arroyo's last 8 starts and 4-1 in Arroyo's last 5 road starts. The Dodgers are 1-4 in Beckett's last 5 starts as a home favorite and 6-14 in Beckett's last 20 starts overall. The Diamondbacks are 3-10 in the last 13 meetings.
The Diamondbacks have improved their play over the last couple of weeks and it's not like Beckett has been great this season, especially at home. Call me nuts, but there's value with Arizona in this spot.