The Arizona Diamondbacks (51-51) and Los Angeles Dodgers (56-47) will open up a three-game National League West series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 ET
Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers
Arizona was shut down by knuckleballer R.A. Dickey at home in a 5-1 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday, something that may be difficult to bounce back from in terms of facing a normal throwing motion on Monday night. “We had a good stretch here,” commented Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson about the team’s recent 7-3 homestand. The Diamondbacks made a trade before the end of the weekend, acquiring Houston Astros third baseman Chris Johnson, who has hit .279 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs thus far. Arizona is 7-11 as a road underdog of +100 to +125.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Trevor Cahill (8-9, 3.86 ERA) has lost his last two road starts, allowing seven runs in 10.1 combined innings, but that could change in this matchup. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA in three career starts versus the Dodgers, including a 5-3 home win on July 7. Cahill will try to avoid trouble early, giving up a first-inning run in 11 of his 20 outings this year, including his last seven trips to the mound.
Los Angeles couldn’t have envisioned a happier flight home to Southern California from the Bay Area, picking up a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants, which moved the clubs into a tie atop the division standings. “Any time you sweep the Giants, it’s a big deal,” commented Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. The club has enjoyed solid production from its new man at third base, as former Miami Marlins star Hanley Ramirez has provided protection in the lineup for outfielders Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp. Los Angeles is 13-4 as a home favorite of -125 to -150.
Dodgers starting pitcher Aaron Harang (7-5, 3.39 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his last five outings, coming off a no-decision effort in a 3-2 road loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 2.94 ERA in eight home outings, with opposing hitters batting .199 against him. In 14 career games (13 starts) versus the Diamondbacks, Harang has compiled a losing 3-6 record and 2.42 ERA.
Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, with the UNDER cashing in Cahill’s last five efforts against divisional foes.
Pick: Under 7.5
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