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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 8/9/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers
Date & Time Friday August 9, 2019, 10:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles, CA
The Line
Los Angeles Dodgers: -1.5 (+110) / Arizona Diamondbacks: 1.5 (-130)
TV Channel
FS-Arizona
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The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers meet in game one of a three game NL West division set in MLB action from Dodger Stadium on Friday.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to keep the ball rolling after winning four of their last five games, including the rubber match in their series with Philadelphia by a final score of 6-1 on Wednesday. Ketel Marte, David Peralta, Eduardo Escobar, Carson Kelly and Zac Gallen each had an RBI while Wilmer Flores went 2 for 4 at the dish and Nick Ahmed added a base knock of his own as none of Arizona’s eight base hits went for extra bases in the win. Gallen got the win to improve to 2-3 on the year after tossing five shutout innings, giving up just one hit while walking three and striking out six. Robbie Ray will start game one and is 10-7 with a 4.03 ERA and 178 strikeouts this season. In his career, Ray is 7-5 with a 2.97 ERA and 148 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to stay hot after winning five straight and eight of their last nine games following a 2-1 win over St. Louis on Wednesday to complete the three game sweep of the Cardinals. Russell Martin accounted for both L.A. RBIs with a walk-off two run single in the bottom of the 9th while Joc Pederson went 2 for 4 with a double and Edwin Rios added a double of his own. Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Will Smith each had base hits as well to finish off L.A.’s offense as a team in the win. Dustin May allowed one run on five hits while striking out seven over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Casey Sadler picked up the win in relief to improve to 2-0 on the year. Walker Buehler will start the opener and is 10-2 with a 3.22 ERA and 152 strikeouts this season. In his career, Buehler is 1-0 with a 2.56 ERA and 34 strikeouts against Arizona.

Arizona is 1-5 in Ray’s last 6 division starts and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 division games. Los Angeles is 14-3 in Buehler’s last 17 division starts, 16-5 in Buehler’s last 21 home starts and 41-11 in their last 52 home games while the under is 5-1 in their alst 6 games overall. Los Angeles is 4-1 in Buehler’s last 5 starts against Arizona.

Getting Arizona with this kind of plus money is tempting considering that Arizona needs wins no matter who they’re against to keep in the wild card hunt. However, Ray has allowed 14 runs in his last 23 innings of work across hits last four starts and he’s gone 0-2 with a 4.42 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season. Buehler’s had some blow-ups lately, but they’ve all come on the road, while he’s kept his home record unblemished, going 5-0 with a 2.54 ERA in 10 home starts this season. Los Angeles has just been a tough out at home as we’ve seen not just lately but all season, so I’ll side with the Dodgers to open the series with a victory and to cut down the heavy juice, I’ll side with L.A. on the RL here.

Pick:
Los Angeles Dodgers: -1.5 (+110)

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