Closing in on the division lead
Los Angeles is 10-2 in its last 12 games against NL West opponents, which includes a 6-1 series-opening victory over Arizona as +102 road underdogs Monday, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.
The Dodgers are now just 3.5 games back of the Diamondbacks in the NL West division, but still possess a minus-26 run differential on the season.
Owning the series
Arizona has compiled a dominating 19-9 record versus Los Angeles since the start of the 2012 campaign, which includes a 7-3 mark in its last 10 home games in the series.
The Diamondbacks have won seven of their last nine home games overall—outscoring opponents by a 46-23 margin over that span.
Ricky Nolasco (5-8, 3.85 ERA) will make his first career start with the Dodgers, as he’s spent the first seven-plus years as a professional with the Miami Marlins franchise.
The right-hander is 2-3 with a 3.20 ERA in nine road games, issuing 12 walks and striking out 45 batters in 56.1 combined innings.
In nine lifetime outings versus the Diamondbacks, Nolasco has tallied a winning 6-2 record and 4.14 ERA, including a 3-1 mark and 5.21 ERA in five games at this ballpark.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Ian Kennedy (3-4, 5.16 ERA) will make his first home start since May 15, as he comes off a no-decision effort in leading the team to a 5-4 road victory over the New York Mets last time out.
The right-hander is 2-1 with a 4.55 ERA in five starts in the desert, with opposing hitters batting .267 against him.
In 10 career starts versus the Dodgers, Kennedy has compiled a 5-3 record and 3.77 ERA, including a 0-1 mark and 6.00 ERA in two outings this season.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Diamondbacks as one of their MLB picks Tuesday, as the Dodgers are 7-19 in their last 26 games as road underdogs.
Kennedy has also put together a 0.69 ERA in his last four appearances with umpire Marvin Hudson behind home plate.