Los Angeles Dodgers (2-3) at Arizona Diamondbacks (3-1)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 3, 2018, 9:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +174 / Los Angeles Dodgers -185 --- Over/Under: 8
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Tuesday in MLB action at Chase Field.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to get back to a .500 record with a victory here. The Dodgers pitching for the first time this season cracked, allowing eight runs in 15 innings, as they allowed a combined two runs in their first four games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have lost 18 of their last 19 regular season games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Yasmani Grandal leads the Dodgers with seven hits and three RBI while Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor have combined for 11 hits and three RBI. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball, and he was 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Kershaw is 14-8 with a 2.55 ERA and 187 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
The Arizona Diamondbacks look for another win to build on their solid 3-1 start. The Diamondbacks offense remains on fire, scoring eight or more runs in three of their first four games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have now won 10 of their last 11 regular season games when scoring more than three runs. Nick Ahmed leads the Diamondbacks with eight hits and seven RBI while A.J. Pollock and David Peralta have combined for 11 hits and four RBI. Zack Godley gets the ball, and he was 8-9 with a 3.37 ERA and 165 strikeouts last season. Roark is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are 36-15 in their last 51 during game 2 of a series, 40-17 in Kershaws last 57 road starts and 48-11 in Kershaws last 59 starts. The Diamondbacks are 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The Dodgers are 5-0 in Kershaws last 5 starts vs. Diamondbacks and the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
Both of these teams bullpens should be shot after playing 15 innings, and it's nothing like having Kershaw on the hill when needing a starting pitcher to go deep. In 138 at bats against current Arizona players, Kershaw is allowing a .203 batting average with 39 strikeouts and just two homers. Godley was rather sharp at home this season, but he's no Kershaw and has failed to get over five innings in seven of his last 11 games. Also, anytime you can get Kershaw under a -200 line, you almost have to take it. Give me the Dodgers to get back on track.