Despite thumping the Dodgers last night, the Diamondbacks are once again quoted as underdogs for this afternoon's home game. They're listed at +110, with Los Angeles at -120 at most sportsbooks we've checked.
The total opened at nine runs and seems to be holding steady as we approach the first pitch.
Los Angeles Dodgers (Haren)
The Dodgers won comfortably (7-0) in the series opener, thanks to another great start from Zack Greinke, and they had to have liked their chances of going up 2-0 behind Clayton Kershaw.
Oh how wrong they were. Kershaw was battered early and couldn't even make it out of the second inning. Arizona would go on to win 18-7, dropping Los Angeles to 21-18 on the season in the process.
Let's see if Dan Haren can fare any better this afternoon. The right-hander is off to a fast start in a Dodgers uniform, having gone 5-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 1.18 WHIP through eight starts.
In his most recent outing, he was solid over seven innings, allowing seven hits and three runs while striking out two in a 6-5 win over Miami. Haren has yet to give up more than three earned runs in a start so far in 2014.
Haren has already come up against Arizona twice this season. He won both starts, but did run in to some trouble, surrendering 17 hits (but only five earned runs) over 13 combined innings of work. How will he do in the third head-to-head meeting?
Arizona Diamondbacks (Collmenter)
After such struggles to open the season, the Diamondbacks reached an agreement with Tony La Russa to run baseball operations for the ballclub.
It seems his arrival made an instant impact, as Arizona couldn't stop getting hits against one of the best pitchers in the league. Paul Goldschmidt had a career night at the plate and it was a feel good victory for the Diamondbacks, who are still languishing in last place (17-28) in the NL West.
The team will need some quality innings out of Josh Collmenter this afternoon if they want any shot of getting another victory and winning the series.
Collmenter is 1-2 with a 3.89 ERA and 1.22 WHIP on the season. He wasn't anywhere near his best in his latest appearance, giving up four hits and four earned runs (two homers) in five innings at home against the Nationals.
Obviously Collmenter will have to be quite sharp to get the better of a very potent Dodgers lineup, especially when he faces Yasiel Puig, who's hitting .400 with four homers and 11 RBI over his last six games. We'll find out if the right-hander, who started off 2014 in the bullpen, will rise to the occasion.
With the way Arizona swung the bat yesterday, many will be scared off by taking any sort of UNDER play for this series finale.
But, we're doing just that. Haren has yet to get knocked around this season and we think he'll hold his nerve against the Diamondbacks. Meanwhile, Collmenter has been solid and we're hoping he can avoid a meltdown and get the tough outs necessary to keep this game close.
Add in this inflated total on the MLB betting odds board and we'll be recommending that our readers consider the UNDER. We trust both of these savvy pitchers to get the job done.
Pick: UNDER 9