Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction, 5/20/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet LA
Odds/Point Spread: Arizona (+225) Los Angeles (-312)
Dodger Stadium is the venue where Trevor Bauer and the Los Angeles Dodgers (24-18, 3rd in NL West) will take on the Arizona Diamondbacks (18-25, 4th in NL West) on Thursday. The Diamondbacks open this contest at +225 while the Dodgers are coming in at -312. The over/under is set at 8. The expected starting pitchers will be Riley Smith and Trevor Bauer.
As a team, the Arizona Diamondbacks are notching 4.6 runs per game, which puts them at 11th in the league. They have tallied 196 runs while holding a team OBP of .312. The Diamondbacks have tallied 67 doubles as a unit and have knocked 47 baseballs out of the stadium. They have accrued 181 RBI's and 338 base knocks on the campaign, and their batting average sits at .232. Arizona has a slugging rate of .391 and have been rung up 381 times, while drawing a walk on 153 occasions.
Diamondbacks pitchers have conceded 57 long balls and also 226 total runs (28th in the league). They have walked 145 players from the other team and their FIP comes in at 4.55 as a team so far this season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.40 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.42. The Diamondbacks hold a team earned run average of 4.92 so far this season (28th in the league), and their staff has struck out 348 hitters.
Diamondbacks pitchers have entered the game with runners on 36 times in addition to having 37 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have a total of 17 holds this year (22nd in baseball). The Diamondbacks relief pitchers have earned a save percentage of 38.5% and has come into the game in 30 save situations. They have 5 saves this year and have blown 8 of 13 save chances. The relievers have inherited 44 base runners on the season with 29.5% of them ended up crossing the plate. The Diamondbacks have sent 148 relievers to the mound this year.
The Diamondbacks have transformed 68.2% of balls in play into outs in their 3,381 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 25th in the majors. The Arizona Diamondbacks have earned a total of 1,127 putouts thus far, as well as 388 assists and 27 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .982 which has them sitting 19th in professional baseball, and have a total of 265 double plays.
Smith has taken the hill for 47 frames and has earned 30 K's thus far in his career. Smith (3-3 win-loss record in his career) holds a FIP of 4.28 while he has gone up against 202 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. His earned run average is 4.75 (25 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.458. He has allowed 53 base hits (10.1 hits per nine innings) and has 16 free passes.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have an OBP of .349 in addition to a batting average of .246 this year. They have been called out on strikes on 389 instances (10th in MLB) and have totaled 351 base knocks. Los Angeles has accounted for 48 home runs so far this season to go along with 208 runs batted in. The Dodgers hold a team slugging % of .407 and they average 5.17 runs per game (4th in MLB). They have recorded 67 doubles, while getting a free base 198 times as well as recording 217 runs.
The Los Angeles pitching staff have conceded 158 runs this season while having a team ERA of 3.06 (128 earned runs yielded). They have given up 43 homers and they relinquish 3.77 runs per 9 innings (3rd in the league). The Dodgers have a team WHIP of 1.074 with a FIP of 3.42 as a team over the course of the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.63 (425 strikeouts vs 117 free passes). They rank 4th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 288.
Los Angeles has had relief pitchers take the mound in 26 save opportunities and they have come away with 13 saves. They sit at 25th in the league with a save percentage of 50.0%, and they have sent 136 relievers to the mound for the year. Their relief pitchers have come in 60 times in high leverage situations and also on 45 occasions with runners on. Los Angeles relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 26.8% out of their 56 inherited base runners. With 56 save situations, the Dodgers have 29 holds in addition to 13 blown saves.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have turned 22 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .985 (7th in MLB). The Dodgers have accrued 345 assists, 22 errors and have 1,131 putouts on the campaign. In 3,393 innings played, the Dodgers have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 72.2% (4th in the majors).
During his MLB career, Bauer has conceded 1,080 base knocks while tallying 1,356 strikeouts in 1,247 innings. He has conceded 530 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.241 and having a FIP of 3.8. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.90 and he has gone up against 5,248 batters so far in his pro baseball career. Bauer (79-66 career record) has a 3.82 earned run average while giving up 7.8 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-312)
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