Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction, 9/3/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Thursday, September 3, 2020
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Diamondbacks (+245) Dodgers (-265)
Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers (27-10, 1st in NL West) host the Arizona Diamondbacks (14-22, 5th in NL West) at Dodger Stadium on Thursday. The Diamondbacks open this contest at +245 while the Dodgers are coming in at -265. The O/U has been set at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Luke Weaver and Clayton Kershaw.
Key Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries
9/1/2020 Merrill Kelly SP Shoulder Out for the season
9/1/2020 Jeremy Beasley RP Shoulder Out for the season
9/1/2020 Madison Bumgarner SP Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/29/2020 Corbin Martin SP Elbow Out for the season
6/29/2020 Silvino Bracho RP Elbow Out for the season
Key Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries
9/1/2020 Zach Reks LF Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
9/1/2020 Cody Bellinger CF Lat Probable for Sep 2
9/1/2020 Justin Turner 3B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
9/1/2020 Pedro Baez RP Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 12
8/26/2020 Joe Kelly RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 12
8/22/2020 Edwin Uceta RP Not Injury Related Suspended until Sep 17
7/21/2020 Jimmy Nelson SP Back Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Diamondbacks have a 14-22 overall record this season. Weaver (20-25 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a FIP of 4.06 and he has faced 1,417 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.71 (170 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.400. He has allowed 348 base hits (9.6 hits per nine innings) and has had 107 walks. Weaver has taken the mound for 325 innings and has 341 punchouts in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.18 and they have given up 133 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .222 against the bullpen and they've struck out 143 hitters and walked 73 batters. As a team, Arizona allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.8 batters per nine innings. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 5.12. The Diamondbacks pitchers collectively have given up 303 base hits and 177 earned runs. They have allowed 63 home runs this season, ranking them 1st in the league. Arizona as a pitching staff has walked 150 batters and struck out 338. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.46 and their FIP as a unit is 5.23.
As a team Arizona is hitting .235, good for 21st in the league. The Diamondbacks hold a .372 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309, which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 7.8 hits per game. Nick Ahmed is hitting .242 with an on-base percentage of .299. He has 30 hits this season in 124 at bats with 19 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .387 and an OPS+ of 82. Starling Marte is hitting .310 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .380. He has totaled 39 hits and he has driven in 15 men in 126 at bats. His OPS+ is 125 while his slugging percentage is at .460. The Diamondbacks have 280 hits, including 65 doubles and 30 home runs. Arizona has walked 108 times so far this season and they have struck out 271 times as a unit. They have left 236 men on base and have a team OPS of .681. They score 4.19 runs per contest and have scored a total of 151 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
In his pro baseball career, Kershaw has allowed 1,734 hits while he has earned 2,497 punchouts in 2,304 frames. He has given up a total of 623 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.005 and being the owner of a FIP of 2.8. He has a SO/W ratio of 4.30 and he has faced 9,070 batters so far in his MLB career. Kershaw (173-75 win-loss record in his career) is the owner of a 2.43 ERA and has given up 6.8 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.11 and they have given up 103 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .171 against the Dodgers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 151 batters and walked 49 opposing hitters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 6.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.77. The Dodgers pitchers as a team have surrendered 253 base knocks and 102 earned runs this season. They have given up 42 home runs this year, which ranks 23rd in Major League Baseball. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 100 hitters and struck out 312 batters. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.06 while their FIP as a staff is 3.92.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 14th in the league. The Dodgers hold a .469 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 11th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Mookie Betts comes into this matchup batting .296 with an OBP of .381. He has 40 hits this year along with 26 RBI in 135 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .600 with an OPS+ of 162. Cody Bellinger is hitting .225 this season and he has an OBP of .305. He has collected 31 hits in 138 at bats while driving in 22 runs. He has an OPS+ of 109 and a slugging percentage of .478. The Dodgers as a unit have 314 base hits, including 63 doubles and 68 homers. Los Angeles has walked 142 times this year and they have struck out on 295 occasions. They have had 245 men left on base and have an OPS of .805. They have scored 5.68 runs per game and totaled 210 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Diamondbacks/Dodgers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Dodgers (-265)
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