MLB Picks: Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks Odds & Preview

Steven Suarez

Monday, July 8, 2013 5:04 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 8, 2013 5:04 PM UTC

The Dodgers are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now. Can they keep it going against the Diamondbacks?

Odds Overview

The MLB betting odds are as close as can be for tonight's game in Phoenix. Both Arizona and L.A> can be backed at a price of -105, though those numbers could shift more throughout the day.

As for the game's total, it opened at 9 runs, but had been bet down to 8.5 at certain books like bet365. Keep checking back with SBRodds to see if there's any further movement.

Los Angeles Dodgers (Greinke)

What a great couple of weeks it's been for the Dodgers. They've gone 11-3 over their previous 14 games, pushing them into second place in the NL West.

The only team standing in their way now are the Diamondbacks, but with only 4.5 games separating the two teams now, things could get very interesting leading into the All-Star Break.

Tonight the Dodgers will open the series with Zack Greinke on the mound and he's gone 6-2 with a 4.30 ERA and 1.45 WHIP so far this season.

Most of Greinke's success has come at home, where he's 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA. Outside of Los Angeles, he's just 2-2 with a 6.12 ERA (with batters hitting .320 against him) in six starts.

Greinke, though, has already shut down this Arizona lineup once this season. He went seven innings and allowed only two hits and two earned runs despite getting a no decision. That said, Greinke is 0-2 with a dreadful 8.71 ERA in four career outings at Chase Field.

Arizona Diamondbacks (Delgado)

The Diamondbacks just swept Colorado at home and will try to get off to another fast start in game one of their set with the Dodgers tonight.

Arizona has won five straight games to keep their lead atop the division intact and a nice 24-16 record at home has definitely helped out their cause.

Let's see what kind of start the Diamondbacks get out of Randall Delgado tonight. For the most part, he's actually been quite solid, allowing three or fewer runs in all five of his appearances this season. His overall ERA stands at 3.67.

Five days ago he riddled the Mets through seven innings, allowing seven hits and two runs in a 5-3 win, Delgado's first winning decision of the 2013 season.

We've only got a small sample size to go by, but the Panamanian right-hander has given up five earned runs in 12.0 innings at home this year, while striking out 10 and walking one. Hitters are .304 against him at Chase Field.


MLB Pick

We get that the Dodgers are full of confidence right now, but the Diamondbacks are on a good, little winning streak right now and are swinging the bats well too.

When you consider how shaky Greinke has performed on the road, it's hard to have much faith in L.A. in this juncture. Delgado has pitched pretty well, so if he shows up with good stuff, we feel as if Arizona will do enough to grab the win in the opener.

This is a nice small price on the Diamondbacks at home, so let's add them to our MLB picks for the day.

Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks -105 at Bet365

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