The Arizona Diamondbacks were managed last season by Kirk Gibson, who was just diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The Diamondbacks are carrying heavy hearts right now but they’re going to try to be inspired by their former manager even as current manager Chip Hale leads the team into Dodger Stadium for a Sunday afternoon series finale. This will be an intriguing matchup on the MLB betting lines.
The Arizona Diamondbacks Can Win Because…
They are going to have a very reasonable chance of getting to the Dodgers’ pitching in this game.
No Clayton Kershaw. No Hyun-Jin Ryu or Zack Greinke. The Dodgers go to one of the weaker links in their rotation for this game, Brett Anderson. The owner of a poor 5.49 ERA, Brett Anderson pitched an okay game against Arizona earlier in the season, but it was hardly anything special. Brett Anderson went six innings and gave up three runs. A few weeks later, he’s actually regressed instead of finding a way to improve. Brett Anderson gave up four runs in four innings on April 21 against San Francisco. On April 27 against the Giants, Anderson gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings. He’s not going deep in games and is forcing the Dodgers to call upon a group of middle relievers that have been exposed in each of the past two playoff runs for this team. Arizona should welcome the prospect of being able to hit in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings against the Dodger pen, so that it can hopefully take a lead into the ninth and not have to deal with Los Angeles’ best reliever, closer Kenley Jansen. If the Diamondbacks were set up to win any game this weekend at Chavez Ravine, it is this one.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Can Win Because…
They are in control of the National League West and are the division’s best team, something that’s not likely to change very much if at all over the rest of the regular season. The Dodgers have won consecutive series against the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants to claim a lead of three games in the NL West, four games in the loss column over the Padres. Their bats woke up against the Giants following a sweep loss in San Francisco a week earlier. The Dodgers scored seven or more runs in two of the three games against the Giants at Dodger Stadium to take two out of three. The Dodgers then hung up eight runs against Arizona on Friday in the first game of this weekend set. The team is putting together quality at-bats and getting solid starting pitching from multiple sources.
While L.A. starter Brett Anderson is not that great, Arizona starter Chase Anderson isn’t setting a much better standard. His ERA is certainly nothing to write home about, at 4.24. Chase Anderson has two good performances to his credit this season, and then two ho-hum performances that were average at best. He gave up three runs in five innings to the Dodgers in his previous appearance against Los Angeles. That’s okay, but it’s not quite the kind of performance which wins games. MLB odds makers know that Los Angeles is swinging the sticks quite well, and Chase Anderson does not figure to be the kind of pitcher who will shut down the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are a much better team than the Diamondbacks, and Arizona needs a better starting pitcher to be able to take advantage of Brett Anderson’s weaknesses. The Dodgers will find a way to win this game, so take them with your MLB picks.
MLB Pick: Dodgers at WagerWeb