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By Kyle Markus

The Los Angeles Dodgers have used a four-game winning streak to close the gap on the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West. The teams will face off in a critical four-game series this weekend in Los Angeles that could have a huge impact on the divisional title.

The Colorado Rockies are also right in the mix of this three-team race, but the Dodgers and Diamondbacks look to have superior clubs. Los Angeles has the best collection of talent but Arizona has been ahead in the standings of late. If the Diamondbacks can salvage a split they will feel extremely good about their chances but the Dodgers can overtake them with a series win in MLB wagering.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Thursday, August 30th through Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
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Probable Pitchers: Robbie Ray vs. Rich Hill; Zack Greinke vs. Clayton Kershaw; Patrick Corbin vs. Hyun Jin-Ryu; Clay Buchholz vs. Walker Buehler

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The Dodgers have a run-differential of plus-125, which is the best in the National League. They have a record of 71-61, which is less impressive than the run-differential would suggest. However, Los Angeles is pretty healthy at this point and playing well, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it go on a hot streak down the stretch.

The Diamondbacks are 72-59 on the year and just a touch ahead of both Los Angeles and Colorado in the standings. They might not have a bunch of superstars but this is a solid team from top to bottom and the race for the National League West should go down to the wire.

Starting Pitchers

Ray is 3-2 on the season with a 4.73 ERA. He has a WHIP of 1.46 and has failed to pitch as effectively as 2017, when everything came together for Ray. He has 111 strikeouts in 85.2 innings so the pure stuff is there but Ray must be able to harness it. He is a better pitcher than the ERA would suggest. Hill is 6-4 with a 3.50 ERA. He threw six shutout innings last time out and is the more predictably successful starter. The Dodgers have the advantage in this one.

The second game of the season should be a dandy. Greinke is 13-8 on the year with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. Greinke threw 6.2 shutout innings last time out in a victory over the Mariners and figures to put together a solid outing. It needs to be because Kershaw is still the most talented pitcher in the major leagues. He has dealt with injuries on the season but is 6-5 with a 2.39 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. The D-Backs’ offense has been up and down all year and figures to struggle in this one.

Corbin has been very good for the Diamondbacks with a 10-5 record and a 3.15 ERA. He has 207 strikeouts in 168.1 innings pitched and has twirled five straight quality starts. Ryu is 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA. He has only started nine games on the season but has looked good in them and will aim to keep it rolling.

Buchholz will start the series finale for the Diamondbacks. He was in the minor leagues early in the season but has put together an incredible year with a 7-2 record and a 2.07 ERA after seven shutout innings last time out against the Giants. Buehler is 6-4 with a 3.02 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP so this pitching matchup should be a good one.
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Each side is rolling out talented starting pitchers in each game, so expect runs to be at a premium throughout this series. The Dodgers will be the favorites to win it because they are at home, but the Diamondbacks have a good team and should be able to hang in each matchup.

Many of these games should go back and forth and in the end the series will end with a split, which the Diamondbacks will be elated to take in MLB odds.

Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks Pick: Diamondbacks split the series with the Dodgers at BookMaker.eu
Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks Score Prediction: Dodgers and Diamondbacks win two games apiece

 

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs Series MLB Betting Preview

By Mike Rose

Off a near sweep of the Cardinals in St. Louis, the Chicago Cubs return home to the “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field in search of a second straight series win. Up next on the docket will be the Los Angeles Dodgers outfit that took them out behind the woodshed and served up a good ‘ol fashioned beating when the teams last met in last year’s NLCS. LA has held the upper hand of the recent rivalry in winning eight of the last 10 meetings with all but two of those games combining for low scorers.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs
Dates: Monday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

Dave Roberts’ squad got out to a wretched start to their 2018 campaign, but since the calendar turned to the month of June, Los Angeles is playing like the team many envisioned at the outset of the season. In winning 11 of their 14 June games ( $655 ), the Dodgers enter this series to be held in Wrigleyville only 1.5 games in back of the front running Arizona Diamondbacks. That deficit was close to 10 only a short month ago!

Chicago had a shot to take over sole possession of the NL Central lead on Sunday night, but came up short in yet another shutout. Putting zero runs on the board is something Joe Maddon’s troops have done a bunch over the last week. Of their six played games against Milwaukee and St. Louis, they were shut out three times! That said, Anthony Rizzo and his mates combined for 26 runs in the other three.

Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Monday, June 18, 2018, 8:05 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Kenta Maeda vs. Tyler Chatwood

The book on Maeda has been easy to read this season. Back him in Chavez Ravine and fade him till the cows come home when toeing the visitor’s bump. Within Dodger Stadium, the righty checks in 2-3 with a 3.41 ERA. When on the road, his ERA jumps up to 3.86 and ground ball to fly ball ratio down to 1.62. Those numbers would be even worse if his last four road starts didn’t take place in Miami, San Diego, San Francisco and San Diego again. He owns a lifetime 4.44 ERA on the road and has never pitched at Wrigley Field in hot weather. Chicago’s sticks should eat Monday night.

Regardless of whether the Cubs offense gets going once again, they might need to hang a crooked number on the board just to come out on top with Chatwood on the bump. The righty has been a huge disappointment since being signed as a free agent this past offseason. He’s 3-5 against the MLB betting odds with a 4.12 ERA and .233 BAA. Not terrible. However, his numbers would be so much better if he could figure out a way not to issue free passes. Chatwood’s walked and struck out 58 batters through 63.1 innings – that’s an 8.2 BB/9 people! How the over has only cashed in seven of his 12 starts is beyond me.

Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 8:05 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Rich Hill vs. Mike Montgomery

Hill is set to come off the DL for this start, again. The veteran has been on and off the designated list all season. When healthy, he’s been nothing to write home about in going 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA and .303 BAA. In other words, he wasn’t missing bats evidenced by the 30 hits allowed through 24.2 innings. Though he registered better than a K per inning, he also issued 13 walks. The lefty last took to the starting bump back on May 19, and the last thing a rusty arm wants to see right out of the chute is an offense that leads the league in runs scored per game against southpaws ( 6.4 ).

Montgomery is making it known that he deserves a spot in the Cubs starting rotation. The spot starter/long man has been nothing short of a godsend for Maddon since Yu Darvish hit the DL. In his four starts made since, Montgomery has conceded a grand total of 13 hits and 3 ER with as K/BB ratio of 14:3 through 23.2 innings. He came one out away from throwing a quality start in each outing! He haw however had a rough go of it versus LA evidenced by his career 4.15 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.

Game 3 Probable Pitchers – Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 2:20 p.m. ET ( MLB Network )

Ross Stripling vs. Jon Lester

Like Montgomery for Chicago, Stripling has been the same type of saving grace for Los Angeles. The righty is 6-1 with a miniscule 1.76 ERA and opponents are only batting .224 against him. Since getting blown up in his first start after getting yanked from the pen due to Clayton Kershaw’s injury, Stripling has tallied quality starts in five of his eight made starts. He allowed two or less ER in each of them, and the Dodgers have come out on the right side of the scoreboard in each of his last six made starts.

Aces gonna ace! Lester has a down 2017 season. Some might say he was simply hungover and fatigued from the Cubs championship run the year prior. That’s not the case in 2018. The lefty has far and away been the best arm within Chicago’s rotation in going 8-2 with a 2.28 ERA and .207 BAA. Though 17-7 versus left-handers, Los Angeles has only plated an average of 4.0 runs per game against southpaws. He owns a 3.89 ERA and .220 BAA lifetime against the Dodgers, and the Cubs have won five of his six home starts. The finale of this series should play out to an excellent pitcher’s duel.Baseball Betting Picks