Los Angeles Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/2/2020
Game: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks
Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020
Location: Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Dodgers (-160) Diamondbacks (+140)
Christian Walker and the Arizona Diamondbacks (3-5, 5th in NL West) play the Los Angeles Dodgers (5-3, 3rd in NL West) at Chase Field on Sunday. The Diamondbacks open this matchup at +140 while the Dodgers are priced at -160. The O/U is set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Clayton Kershaw and Merrill Kelly.
Key Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries
7/31/2020 Clayton Kershaw SP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 2
7/28/2020 Alex Wood SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 7
7/25/2020 Zach Reks LF Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
7/21/2020 Jimmy Nelson SP Back Out for the season
Key Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries
7/23/2020 Corbin Martin SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
6/29/2020 Silvino Bracho RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Dodgers have a 5-3 overall record this season. Kershaw (16-5 record in his career) sits with a FIP of 3.85 while he has gone up against 706 batters during his time in the majors. His earned run average is 3.03 (60 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.044. He has conceded 145 hits (7.3 hits per nine innings) and has had 41 free passes. Kershaw has taken the ball for 178 frames and has totaled 189 strikeouts during his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 1.14 and they have given up 23 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .150 against the bullpen and they've struck out 36 hitters and walked 17 batters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 2.15. The Dodgers pitchers collectively have given up 45 base hits and 16 earned runs. They have allowed 4 home runs this season, ranking them 27th in the league. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 24 batters and struck out 60. They have walked 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.03 and their FIP as a unit is 3.23.
As a team Los Angeles is hitting .248, good for 6th in the league. The Dodgers hold a .409 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .348, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 9.0 hits per game. Max Muncy is hitting .241 with an on-base percentage of .389. He has 7 hits this season in 29 at bats with 4 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .621 and an OPS+ of 183. Mookie Betts is hitting .206 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .270. He has totaled 7 hits and he has driven in 3 men in 34 at bats. His OPS+ is 53 while his slugging percentage is at .265. The Dodgers have 63 hits, including 14 doubles and 9 home runs. Los Angeles has walked 35 times so far this season and they have struck out 48 times as a unit. They have left 65 men on base and have a team OPS of .757. They score 5.29 runs per contest and have scored a total of 37 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kelly (14-14 win-loss record in his career) has a 4.29 earned run average and has surrendered 8.8 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.84 and he has faced 804 hitters so far in his MLB career. In his career, Kelly has allowed 187 base hits while he has accumulated 165 strikeouts in 191 innings pitched. He has conceded 91 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.283 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.5. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.88 and they have given up 22 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .182 against the Diamondbacks bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 34 batters and walked 22 opposing hitters. As a team, Arizona allows 7.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.2 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 5.34. The Diamondbacks pitchers as a team have surrendered 47 base knocks and 35 earned runs this season. They have given up 10 home runs this year, which ranks 9th in Major League Baseball. Arizona as a staff has walked 42 hitters and struck out 67 batters. They give up a walk 6.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.51 while their FIP as a staff is 5.25.
As a team, they are batting .196, good for 28th in the league. The Diamondbacks hold a .280 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .276, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 6.3 hits per contest. Christian Walker comes into this matchup batting .304 with an OBP of .333. He has 7 hits this year along with 3 RBI in 23 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .435 with an OPS+ of 116. David Peralta is hitting .174 this season and he has an OBP of .259. He has collected 4 hits in 23 at bats while driving in 3 runs. He has an OPS+ of 37 and a slugging percentage of .217. The Diamondbacks as a unit have 44 base hits, including 11 doubles and 2 homers. Arizona has walked 22 times this year and they have struck out on 58 occasions. They have had 45 men left on base and have an OPS of .556. They have scored 2.86 runs per game and totaled 20 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Dodgers/Diamondbacks MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Diamondbacks (+140)
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