Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 4/13/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Diamondbacks (3-5) at Los Angeles Dodgers (4-4)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
R De La Rosa (0-1) (12.47) vs. A Wood (0-1) (9.00)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -147 / Arizona Diamondbacks +137 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
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Coming up Wednesday evening in the MLB, we’ve got game two of a three-game, mid-week set in the National League West between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
In game one of this series, the Diamondbacks bagged something of a surprising win, scoring all of their runs in the final three innings for a 4-2 result. L.A. tried to mount a comeback in the ninth, but fell short.
For Wednesday’s game two of the series, the Diamondbacks are set to be rolling out right-hander Rubby De La Rosa. In his first 2016 appearance back on Thursday against the Cubs, De La Rosa was pummeled for seven runs (six earned) on six hits in just 3.1 innings. Arizona is hoping De La Rosa can clean up his ERA (4.51 and 4.91 over the past two seasons) and take a step forward this year, but it’s not starting out well.
In the batter’s box, the Diamondbacks definitely have some well-rounded talent. Jean Segura has played well in the early-going, with 12 hits, six runs and three homers. Segura went 1-for-4 on Monday. Paul Goldschmidt is another important piece to this year’s puzzle, and he’s already logged three homers and nine RBI.
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The Dodgers will be starting left-hander Alex Wood for Wednesday’s matchup. Wood started out well in his inaugural 2016 appearance against the Giants on Thursday, but ended up giving out five runs in a little over five innings. That said, Wood is projected to be on the upswing this season and should work things out.
At the plate, Los Angeles has their usual assortment of talented hitters with big expectations. Adrian Gonzalez has jumped out to a great pace so far, with 13 hits and six RBI. Yasiel Puig is also hitting well with 11 hits and seven runs to his credit in 2016. Corey Seager is even getting in on the action with 11 hits and six runs.
Now let’s check out the trends for this Wednesday matchup. The Diamondbacks are 6-2 in their last eight game twos of a series, but just 1-5 in De La Rosa’s last six starts against a team with a winning record (L.A. is technically .500, but this stat still has merit).
As for the Dodgers, they’re 4-1 in their last five game twos of a series and 12-3 in their last 15 Wednesday games.
I think Arizona will have a decent showing here, but I can’t find too many reasons to pick against Wood and the Dodgers. Look for De La Rosa to pitch a little better, however.