Dodgers and Diamondbacks Battle for NL West
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to keep first place in the National League West when they visit the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Monday, September 24 at 9:40 PM ET
Odds: Dodgers are -165-moneyline favorites. The total is at 7.5 Under -125.
Kershaw pitches well against the Rockies
Clayton Kershaw (8-5, 2.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP) allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits (one home run) in his last outing. He also had five walks with three strikeouts over seven innings to get a no-decision in a 3-2 win against the Rockies last Tuesday.
Kershaw is heating up at the right time. He has thrown 14 straight quality starts and he sports a 5.18 strikeout-to-walk ratio (K/BB) in 150 1/3 innings this season.
The Dodgers have scored 759 runs (6th in the majors). They are putting up 4.87 runs per game (6th), hitting .247 (17th) with 225 home runs (2nd).
Los Angeles ranks 2nd with a 3.37 ERA, 2nd with a 1.16 WHIP and 3rd with 1509 strikeouts. Their bullpen ranks 11th with a 3.71 ERA.
Max Muncy leads the Dodgers with 33 home runs and is second on the team with 72 RBI. Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson have 23 home runs each.
Ray has solid outing against the Cubs
Robbie Ray (6-2, 3.92 ERA, 1.32 WHIP) threw six scoreless innings in a 9-0 win against the Cubs last Wednesday. He surrendered just one hit and four walks with eight strikeouts.
Ray has given up two or fewer hits in four straight outings and he has a 1.59 ERA. He has averaged 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings (K/9) over 34 innings in his last six starts.
The Diamondbacks have scored 668 runs (19th in the majors). They are putting up 4.28 runs per game (20th), hitting .235 (29th) with 167 home runs (19th).
Arizona ranks 6th with a 3.73 ERA, 9th with a 1.25 WHIP and 8th with 1389 strikeouts. Their bullpen ranks 5th with a 3.53 ERA.
Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with 33 home runs, a .394 OBP and 169 hits. He is also second on the team with 83 RBI. David Peralta has 29 home runs and a team-best 84 RBI.
The Under is:
20-8 in Los Angeles’ last 28 against a team with a winning record
7-3-1 in Los Angeles’ last 11 after allowing two runs or less in their previous game
21-10-2 in Los Angeles’ last 33 games against National League West opponents
4-1 in Kershaw’s last five starts when their opponent scores two runs or less in their previous game
19-7-1 in Kershaw’s last 27 road starts against a team with a winning record
43-19-2 in Kershaw’s last 64 starts against a team with a winning record
5-0 in Kershaw’s last five road starts against the Diamondbacks
11-2 in Arizona’s last 13 when their opponent allows two runs or less in their previous game
9-2 in Arizona’s last 11 after scoring two runs or less in their previous game
16-5 in Arizona’s last 21 games against National League West opponents
8-3 in Arizona’s last 11 games against a left-handed starter
4-0 in the last four meetings
4-1-1 in the last six meetings in Arizona.
Other Musings and the Free Pick
The Diamondbacks scored just three runs over three straight losses to the Rockies last weekend. Robbie Ray is 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA in his last five home starts. Ray is 7-3 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in 14 career starts against the Dodgers.
Clayton Kershaw is 3-0 with a 2.20 ERA and an 0.92 WHIP in his last seven starts.
MLB Pick: Under 7.5 (-125) at Jazz Sports
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