Bet the 'Under' for Tonight's Diamonbacks vs. Dodgers

Willie Bee

Saturday, September 6, 2014 1:58 PM UTC

Saturday, Sep. 6, 2014 1:58 PM UTC

A pitching change has delayed the MLB odds release for tonight's Diamondbacks-Dodgers tilt, the second of a 3-game set between the division rivals in Los Angeles.

One team is fighting to earn the best record in the Senior Circuit to have home field advantage throughout the National League playoffs; the other is doing its best to avoid ending 2014 with the worst mark in the NL.

That's the setting for tonight's battle in Los Angeles between the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.  A 2-1 triumph in Friday's series opener helped LA tie Washington for most wins in the National League at 79, the loss cutting Arizona's margin to two games over Colorado for the circuit's worst record.

The squads will be at it once again this evening in the final matchup on Saturday's baseball betting card (9:10 PM ET).  The Dodgers are mixing up their rotation a bit with Hyun-Jin Ryu taking the hill opposite Chase Anderson for the Snakes.  The switch by LA means MLB odds for the affair will be released later this morning.


Ryu Aims To Continue Dominance Of D-Backs
A meteoric start to Anderson's rookie season has slowed since the former Oklahoma star came out of the chute with wins in each of his first five starts.  Arizona has managed but an 5-8 record since then, though the righthander has maintained a respectable 3.75 ERA through his first 98+ big league frames.

Saturday will be his third go against the Dodgers, Anderson splitting the first two and actually pitching better in the loss (5 IP, 2 ER) than the win (5.1 IP, 5 ER).  The defeat was at Dodger Stadium in June, four free passes not doing him any favors, and the toughest out for Anderson so far in LA's lineup has been Matt Kemp (3-5, HR).

Los Angeles originally listed Zack Greinke for this clash, but he'll get an extra day off before starting Sunday's finale.  Despite moving up in the rotation, Ryu will still be pitching on five days rest after beating the Padres last Sunday in San Diego.  The southpaw has actually struggled a bit at Dodger Stadium this season (10 starts, 4-3, 3.94 ERA) while excelling on the road (14 starts, 10-3, 2.65 ERA).  Ryu has beaten the D-Backs twice already in 2014, one of those start taking place in Australia back in March and Arizona so far going scoreless in his 12 combined innings on the hill.


Umpire Notes, Final Thoughts & A Free Pick
This was supposed to be the first year at the Triple-A level for umpire Pat Hoberg, but the Iowa native has pretty much skipped that tier to spend the 2014 season at the MLB level roving from one crew to another.  Still shy of his 28th birthday, Hoberg has a 16-12-2 O/U mark on the season, the 'under' more prevalent when totals are set at 7.5 or less and the 'over' proving to be the winner when the mark is 8 runs or higher.

There has to be a lot of uncertainty in the Arizona dugout after the club fired general manager Kevin Towers on Friday.  The decision was made by Tony LaRussa, who took over as the head of baseball operations earlier this season, and both the players and coaches are likely wondering who could be next.

Like everyone else, I'll be watching SBR's live baseball odds for the official numbers, and likely looking at another 'under' play for my free MLB pick.

MLB pick: No Lines, Lean Under
Season: 113-114 (-1.65)

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