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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 8/31/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona Diamondbacks (74-60) at Los Angeles Dodgers (72-62)
Date & Time Friday August 31, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -121 / Arizona Diamondbacks +111 --- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
FSAZ, SNLA
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MLB | Arizona Diamondbacks (74-60) at Los Angeles Dodgers (72-62)
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The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Friday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 13 games. The Diamondbacks have scored six runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last seven games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost eight of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with 146 hits and 76 RBI while David Peralta and Ketel Marte have combined for 255 hits and 119 RBI. Zack Greinke gets the ball, and he is 13-8 with a 2.93 ERA and 171 strikeouts this season. Greinke is 6-4 with a 3.84 ERA and 83 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for a victory after winning five of their last six games. The Dodgers have scored 12 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have lost nine of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Cody Bellinger leads the Dodgers with 123 hits and 63 RBI while Chris Taylor and Matt Kemp have combined for 231 hits and 123 RBI. Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the ball, and he is 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. Ryu is 3-3 with a 3.90 ERA and 54 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks are 10-4 in their last 14 Friday games, 7-1 in Greinkes last 8 road starts and 9-4 in Greinkes last 13 starts. The Dodgers are 35-17 in their last 52 Friday games, 4-1 in Ryus last 5 home starts and 6-2 in Ryus last 8 starts. The Diamondbacks are 13-31 in the last 44 meetings in Los Angeles, 4-1 in Greinkes last 5 starts vs. Dodgers and the over is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings.

The Los Angeles Dodgers need to take advantage of this series and Ryu has been solid this season despite pitching in just nine games. However, the value in this game is on the Arizona Diamondbacks and the plus money. Greinke has allowed three or less runs in nine of his last 10 starts and has a 2.81 ERA in 32 innings in the month of August. You guys know I'm always looking for a quality pitcher at favorable prices, and we're getting an ace at plus money in this spot. Have to love the value we're getting with Arizona on the road.

Pick:
Arizona Diamondbacks +111

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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