Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 4/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Diamondbacks (10-3) at Los Angeles Dodgers (4-8)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 9:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
T Walker (0-0) (3.27) vs. R Hill (1-0) (2.70)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -165 / Arizona Diamondbacks +150 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers square off in game two of their three game NL West division set in MLB action on Saturday night.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to win the series and go for the sweep on Sunday after taking the opener by a final score of 8-7. Daniel Descalso led Arizona by going 2 for 4 with a two run home run and four RBIs, while Nick Ahmed launched a solo shot of his own and Jarrod Dyson chipped in an RBI as well in the win. David Peralta and Chris Owings each added a double while Ketel Marte went 2 for 5 at the dish and Paul Goldschmidt chipped in a base hit of his own in the victory. Zack Greinke gave up four runs on five hits while striking out seven over 6.1 innings of work for his first win of the year, while Brad Boxberger notched his 5th save of the season. Taijuan Walker will start game two and is 0-0 with a 3.27 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. In his career, Walker is 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA and 24 strikeouts against the Dodgers.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to bounce back and even up the set after their series opening loss on Friday. Chris Taylor and Chase Utley each had two RBIs, with Taylor launching a leadoff home run. Corey Seager, Matt Kemp and Cody Bellinger each added an RBI to round out the scoring for L.A. with Bellinger putting his run on the board with a solo homer in the loss, while Logan Forsythe added a double. Yasmani Grandal and Kyle Farmer each added a base hit as well to finish off the offensive output for the Dodgers in the losing effort. Kenta Maeda took the loss to even his record at 1-1 this season after giving up five runs, two earned, on five hits while walking and whiffing a pair. Rich Hill will start game two and is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hill is 1-5 with a 4.78 ERA and 49 strikeouts against Arizona.
Arizona is 2-5 in Walker’s last 7 starts and 8-2 in their last 10 games overall while the over is 9-3 in their last 12 games against a left-handed starter. Los Angeles is 1-4 in their last 5 division matchups and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 5-2 in Hill’s last 7 starts. Arizona is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in Walker’s last 5 starts against the Dodgers.
We keep saying that it’s only a matter of time before the Dodgers come out and prove that they’re a better team than their record would indicate. But waiting for that to happen while plus money keeps cashing in is getting tiresome to say the least. Hill has a win so far this year, which is more than we can say for Walker, but Walker has had the upper hand over the Dodgers dating back to last season, and while the Dodgers have done well with Hill on the mound, the reality is he has struggled mightily in his career against the D-Backs, so why not take a shot at Arizona and the plus money on Saturday.