The Los Angeles Dodgers were the front-runners heading into this season. The team has underperformed and it has still won 62 games. The club is only a few games back in the National League West, and the front office is determined to win a second straight World Series.
Los Angeles will visit the Arizona Diamondbacks for three games this weekend. This is a series that the Dodgers should dominate, but they have been inconsistent. The first pitch from Chase Field is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday. Tony Gonsolin will pitch for Los Angeles against Zac Gallen of the Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers are -200 on the money line and favored on the run line. Arizona is +170 to win, and the over/under has been scheduled for nine runs. For more MLB odds and lines, check out BetUS Sportsbook.
Rough to Great Week for LA
The Dodgers have struggled against the National League West-leading San Francisco Giants. In the past two series against San Francisco, they won two of seven contests. Their latest series ended with the Giants winning 5-0.
After the game, Dave Roberts tipped his cap to San Francisco. He said, “We have so much respect for those guys, obviously. They’re a very good ball club. They’ve earned this right now to this point.”
This was not a good series, but the Dodgers made big moves on their way to Arizona. It was rumored that Max Scherzer was going to San Diego in the early evening. However, this did not fit the Dodgers’ agenda because they quickly acted to combat the deal.
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A few hours later, Jeff Passan of ESPN revealed that the Dodgers were finalizing a deal to acquire Scherzer and shortstop Trea Turner from Washington. It’s unknown when these players will make their debuts, but their acquisitions should help give the team an extra boost.
The pitching matchup in this contest favors the Dodgers, but do count out the Diamondbacks in this category. Tony Gonsolin is 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA, but he has only thrown 34 innings. The pitcher has fanned 41 batters in this span.
Gonsolin has been successful in keeping the ball in the yard. This is one of his main strengths and it gives the Dodgers a chance to win consistently.
Gallen will throw for Arizona. He was slated to be one of the top pitchers on the staff, but he is 1-5 with a 4.80 ERA in 50.1 innings. Gallen’s season was derailed because of an injury, and it set him behind.
Gonsolin has been consistent, but LA’s bullpen must contribute to win this matchup. The way the Dodgers have been hitting, this is a game where Kenley Jansen could be critical. If Los Angeles plays their best game, this should be a blowout.
The Dodgers are going to win this matchup. Los Angeles is one of the best teams in baseball and it must be riding high following the acquisition of left-hander Danny Duffy Duffy, Scherzer and Turner.
If Los Angeles plays up to their capability, nobody will stop this team in 2021. The Diamondbacks are horrendous and they traded away Eduardo Escobar this week. This makes them a much weaker club, especially in the power category.
I think LA’s bats show up and the Dodgers cover on the run line.
Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -1½ runs (-120)
This three-game series should and needs to be owned by the Dodgers. Los Angeles is three games back in the NL West and the Giants do not appear to be slowing down. This makes every win critical.
Max Muncy and Justin Turner are leading the club, so look for them to step up against the Diamondbacks. Los Angeles has not named a starting pitcher for Saturday. It will likely not be Scherzer or Duffy because of injuries.
On Sunday, Julio Urias will throw for the Dodgers versus Caleb Smith of Arizona. This is a matchup that Los Angeles should win because of Urias. He has been outstanding at 12-3 with a 3.54 ERA.
Los Angeles has encountered many difficulties with pitching, but Urias has shined behind Walker Buehler. With Scherzer coming to Los Angeles, the Dodgers are once again the favorites to win the pennant.
It would not be surprising to see Los Angeles pull off a sweep this weekend.