Los Angeles Dodgers (3-2) at Arizona Diamondbacks (2-4)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)
Ross Stripling (1-0) (1.29) vs. Robbie Ray (0-1) (7.36)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +138 / Los Angeles Dodgers -148 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks meet Thursday in MLB action from Chase Field.
The Dodgers are coming off two games versus the Astros this week. Los Angeles won the first matchup of that pair 5-2 in Tuesday. In the Wednesday game, the Dodgers finished it off with a 4-2 victory. As for the Diamondbacks, they played two versus the Rangers this week. Arizona won the first matchup 4-1 on Tuesday. In the Wednesday game, the Diamondbacks fell 7-4. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Dodgers took 13 innings to get their hard-earned 4-2 win over the Astros on Wednesday, finally breaking through with two runs in the top of the final frame. Los Angeles only managed five hits as a team in that one, and used nine different pitchers in the game. Corey Seager and Edwin Rios each notched homers on the offensive side.
For the Thursday opener, Los Angeles will send out Ross Stripling in the starting role. Stripling’s first 2020 outing went well; he bagged a victory with just one run in seven innings of work. In 2019, Stripling posted a 4-4 record with a 3.47 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 90.2 innings overall.
Over on the Diamondbacks’ side, they had a 4-2 lead on Texas going into the bottom of the eighth on Wednesday, but blew the game by allowing five runs there. Christian Walker was the only Arizona player with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with a run. D-Backs starter Madison Bumgarner lasted 5.1 innings with four hits, two earned and five strikeouts.
For the starting role on Thursday, Arizona will go with Robbie Ray. In his first start of 2020, Ray didn’t fare so well. He gave up three runs in 3.2 innings against the Padres, striking out seven and recording a whopping 97 pitches. Ray went 12-8 last season with a 4.34 ERA and 235 strikeouts in 174.1 innings of work.
The Dodgers are 13-3 in their last 16 road games and 4-1 in their last five games versus a left-handed starter. Los Angeles is 12-5 in their last 17 overall and 72-32 in their last 104 versus the National League West.
Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks are 5-0 in their last five home games and 6-2 in their last eight games versus a right-handed starter. Arizona is 17-6 in their last 23 versus the National League West and 7-3 in the last 10 overall.
Pick: Going Dodgers. Stripling’s first outing of 2020 was great, and he had an improved changeup pitch added to his arsenal. If he can come up with five or six good innings for Los Angeles here, chances are the Dodgers will be in a position to win the game.
As for Ray, he should be able to keep things relatively close, and this is a big rebound game for him. In general I think the Diamondbacks will be in the division mix for most of the season, but I think LA has the advantage in this particular game.