Arizona Diamondbacks (25-63) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (53-34)
July 9, 2021 10:10 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -270 / Arizona Diamondbacks +220 ; Over/Under: 8.5
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The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers meet Friday in MLB action from Dodger Stadium. The Diamondbacks are coming off a series versus the Rockies. After wins in the first pair, on Thursday Arizona lost by six runs. As for the Dodgers, they played the Marlins this week. LA lost the first three games, then in the Thursday finale LA fended off the sweep with a win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Arizona had a successful series versus the Rockies this week, winning 4-3 on Tuesday and 6-4 in the Wednesday game two. On Thursday, the Diamondbacks gave up 13 hits in an eventual 9-3 defeat. Jake Faria managed 5.0 innings with five hits, two walks and two earned.
For the starter role in the Friday game, the Diamondbacks will send out Taylor Widener. Across his 24.0 innings this year, Widener has 20 hits, nine runs (seven earned), four homers, eight walks, 20 Ks and a 2.63 ERA.
Over on the Dodgers’ side, they had some major trouble with the Marlins this week, losing 5-4, 2-1 and 9-6 in the first trio. On Thursday, LA finally got it going and registered a 6-1 win. Starter Julio Urias put up 7.0 innings with five hits, two walks and one earned run.
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The Dodgers are in need of some starting pitching help, and they’ll be relying on their bullpen to get them through this Friday game. Look for a host of different LA pitchers to carry the load here.
The Diamondbacks are 16-36 in their last 52 road games versus a lefty starter and 16-45 in their last 61 versus the NL West. Arizona is 9-30 in their last 39 games versus a left-handed starter and 3-13 in their last 16 Friday games.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 35-17 in their last 52 Friday games and 35-17 in their last 52 overall. LA is 41-16 in their salt 57 in game one of a series and 53-20 in their last 73 home games.
PICK: I’m probably still going to stick with the Dodgers here, even though they didn’t have a great series versus a plucky Marlins team–not to mention the thick line. LA managed five runs in the fifth inning on Thursday and 11 team hits which propelled them to the win. Outside of that the Dodgers scored fairly well during the series, with four or more runs in three of four games. If LA can keep Arizona’s offense tamped down in this one I think they’ll have control as far as a victory.