Robbie Ray (3-11, 3.72 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (67-73) go up against Alex Wood (10-9, 3.51 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (80-59) in the first of a three-game division series at Chase Field. The game gets underway at 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 11 and will air on FSAZ and SNLA.
In his most recent outing, Ray pitched 5.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out eight and walking three in a 2-0 loss to the Cubs. David Peralta (.307, 53 Rs, 14 HRs, 71 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one run. The Dodgers were victorious over the Padres 2-0 the last time Wood pitched. He went 7.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out four and walking four.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Diamondbacks have an SU record of 28-29 against teams in their division. The Diamondbacks are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 118 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball.
Against divisional opponents, the Dodgers are 35-21 SU. The Dodgers average 3.5 walks per game, making them the most disciplined team in the NL. Switching gears to Los Angeles’s pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.18 on the year, good for third in the league. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the NL with an average of 8.6 strikeouts per game.
The Dodgers had the upper hand against the Diamondbacks in their previous 12 games this season, earning a 9-3 record. This game will feature Wood (LHP) on the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 15-20 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Ray will take the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 65-45 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner – LAD
In their last game, the Dodgers lost by a margin of one run. The Diamondbacks are 19-22 in one-run games. The Dodgers have a 20-22 record in close games.
The Diamondbacks managed to give up five walks in their last game. They’ll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are coming in with a 31-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 13-48. The Dodgers have a 14-43 record when opponents outhit them.
Arizona ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting 129 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 164.
Arizona ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.24 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top half at 14th with 8.34.
Arizona and Los Angeles both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Arizona sits at eighth with an OPS of .736 and Los Angeles ranks sixth with an OPS of .747.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 33-41. When the Diamondbacks allow one or more homers, they have a 33-61 record.