The Los Angeles Dodgers six game road swing continues this evening as they open a three game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Tonight’s series opener between the two NL West rivals is scheduled to get underway at 9:40pm ET. The latest MLB Odds have the Dodgers, who will send Clayton Kershaw to the hill, listed as a -150 moneyline favorite ($150 wins $100) and the Over/Under set at 7.5 runs. The Diamondbacks are drawing +135 odds ($100 wins $135) to win their seventh game of the season.
The Dodgers won for the fifth time in six games last night, taking their three game set opposite the Padres with a 3-2 win. The victory came at a cost, though, as Zack Greinke, L.A.’s big offseason acquisition, suffered a broken collarbone when he and San Diego’s Carlos Quentin scuffled at the mound.
Greinke, who hit Quentin in the elbow with a 3-2 count, is expected to miss anywhere from six to eight weeks. Nonetheless, the injury should not affect the Dodgers tonight with Clayton Kershaw toeing the rubber.
Kershaw, who is 7-5 with a 2.25 ERA in 14 starts against the Diamondbacks, has been near perfect this season. The big left-hander has yielded just six hits and zero earned runs while striking out 16 in 16 innings pitched.
Arizona (6-3), which avoided being swept at home with a 10-2 win over the Pirates on Wednesday, will counter Kershaw with its own southpaw in 23 year old Patrick Corbin.
Corbin is 1-0 on the season after giving up eight hits and two earned runs over six innings in a 9-2 Diamondbacks win at Milwaukee. For his career Corbin is 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA (three games, two starts) against the Dodgers.
The Diamondbacks are 10-2 in their last 12 games against the Dodgers and they are 5-1 in their last six meetings with L.A. at Chase Field.
Notable Trends: The Dodgers are 8-2 in their last 10 games as a road favorite with Kershaw on the hill and being opposed by a lefty (Over was 7-2-1 in those same 10 games).
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Odds:
Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (+100), Over 7.5 (-110), -150 (Moneyline)
Arizona Diamondbacks +1.5 (-120), Under 7.5 (-110), +135 (Moneyline)
Baseball Betting Tips from Chuck Edel & Johnny Detroit
Chuck Edel is a well respected gambler / handicapper who appears on numerous radio shows and is frequently featured in the Las Vegas Review Journal. He sits down with Johnny Detroit and goes over some of his personal MLB betting tips.