Bet Dodgers to Defeat Diamondbacks

Jeff Grant

Friday, May 16, 2014 1:46 PM GMT

Zack Greinke has dominated the Arizona Diamondbacks since becoming a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which provides value on the road favorite in Friday night’s series opener. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League West affair at Chase Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET.

Snake charmer
 
Los Angeles has outscored Arizona by a sizable 46-28 margin in capturing seven of eight meetings, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez leading the offense—hitting .429 with three home runs, and 13 RBIs in the season series. Gonzalez may take a back seat to teammate Yasiel Puig at the plate this weekend, considering the Cuban star is riding a 14-game hitting streak, and he’s 4 for 11 with four walks against tonight’s opposing starter. MLB handicappers will find that the club has won both games as road favorites of -125 to -150 in 2014.

Troubles at home
Arizona has put together a MLB-worst 4-17 record at home this season, as the pitching staff ranks last in the league with a 4.76 ERA in that situation. The Diamondbacks are capable of turning things around at this ballpark, considering that their starting rotation is 6-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 12 games this month. Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 4-4 as underdogs of +125 to +150 at this venue, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (4-4 'Over'/'Under').

Greinke
Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (6-1, 2.38 ERA) has allowed two or fewer runs in 20 consecutive outings dating back to July 30, 2013—producing a 13-2 record and 1.87 ERA in that span. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA in four road efforts, but he’s surrendered three home runs in 19.1 combined frames. In five appearances versus the Diamondbacks since landing in Southern California, Greinke has registered a perfect 3-0 mark and 1.72 ERA.

Miley
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Wade Miley (3-3, 4.82 ERA) picked up his first victory since April 6 last time out, as he allowed two runs and four hits over seven innings of work in a 4-3 road win over the Chicago White Sox. The left-hander is 1-3 with a 7.43 ERA in four home outings—serving up five round trippers in 23 combined frames. Miley has gone 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA in three starts versus the Dodgers in 2014.

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Dodgers as one of their MLB picks, as the Diamondbacks have fallen in defeat in five of Miley’s last seven starts as a home underdog.
 
Free MLB Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -145

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