Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 10/7/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Diamondbacks (94-69) at Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Robbie Ray (15-5) (2.90) vs. R Hill (12-8) (3.32)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers / Arizona Diamondbacks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks in game two of the NLDS from Dodger Stadium on Sunday evening.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to bounce back and even up the series after dropping game one by a final score of 9-5 on Friday. The bulk of the D-Backs damage on the board was done via the long ball, as J.D. Martinez went 3 for 4 with a solo home run while A.J. Pollock, Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis also chipped in solo homers of their own in the loss. Christian Walker added a base hit of his own in the losing effort for Arizona. Taijuan Walker took the loss, lasting just one inning, giving up four runs on four hits, walking a pair and notching three Ks. Robbie Ray will start game two and was 15-5 with a 2.89 ERA and 218 strikeouts in the regular season. In his career, Ray is 6-3 with a 2.69 ERA and 105 strikeouts against the Dodgers.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to take game two after winning the series opener on Friday. Justin Turner led the charge with a three run homer and a total of five RBIs in the win. Yasiel Puig went 2 for 5 with a double, a triple and two RBIs while Corey Seager added a pair of base hits and a pair of RBIs to round out the scoring for the Dodgers. Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger, Logan Forsythe, Austin Barnes and starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw chipped in base hits of their own in the winning effort. Speaking of Kershaw, he got the win after allowing four runs on five hits while walking three and striking out seven over 6.1 innings of work. Rich Hill will start game two and was 12-8 with a 3.32 ERA and 166 strikeouts in the regular season. In his career, Hill is 1-5 with a 4.78 ERA and 49 strikeouts against Arizona.
Arizona is 20-8 in Ray’s last 28 starts and 25-11 in their last 36 games overall while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 road games. Los Angeles is 8-0 in Hill’s last 8 Saturday starts 23-6 in their last 29 games against a left-handed starter while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 playoff home games. Arizona is 5-1 in Ray’s last 6 starts against the Dodgers.
The D-Backs have won Ray’s last eight starts, but he’s pitching on short rest, and his last start lasted just 1.2 innings. Meanwhile, even though Hill has struggled against the D-Backs in his career, he has allowed two runs or less in six of his last seven starts. So while the plus money again with Arizona is tempting, I think Hill has enough to exercise some demons against Arizona, and get the Dodgers up 2-0 in the series.