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MLB Betting Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
August 29, 2023
In California, a fierce divisional showdown unfolds as the Arizona Diamondbacks face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second game of their thrilling three-game series. Will the Dodgers be able to hold off an improved Diamondbacks?
Date: Game 2 on August 29, 2023 at 10:10 PM ET
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Preview
The Diamondbacks had some issues to start the second half of this season, but all seems to be pointing in the right direction lately. They just finished off strong wins against the Cincinnati Reds and Texas Rangers, showing that they can handle anything. Merrill Kelly (10-5) has been great on the mound and will start this one with an ERA of 2.97.
For a majority of the season, they have posted a batting average of .254, creating plentiful scoring opportunities. On the defensive front, their opponents are not far behind with a .252 batting average, which is not much for breathing room.
Their ERA is not the strongest, standing at 4.56 per game, and it is likely to impact this upcoming battle. Their OBP remains commendable at .325 and their slugging percentage hovers right at the league standard at .420.
The Diamondbacks have held down the second place spot in the NL West for a majority of the season, trailing the Dodgers by nearly 12 games in the division. Adding wins against the head of the division would improve their chances at making the playoffs.
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Preview
The Dodgers recently had good offensive performances against the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Guardians before heading into this series. They should have enough positive momentum, especially in game two. Clayton Kershaw (11-4) is a perfect challenger on the mound, with an ERA of 2.52.
Boasting a commendable batting average of .254 and a reliable .240 allowed, they maintain a firm grip on the path to victory in every matchup. Their ERA shines brighter than the D-backs, standing at a respectable 4.20, accompanied by an impressive OBP of .339. Their slugging percentage, at .456, outpaces the league average.
Currently, the Dodgers find themselves in a rather comfortable position, leading the division by a substantial double-digit margin. Nonetheless, it is worth noting that the Diamondbacks have proven to be their toughest competition this season, with nearly every series ending in a split outcome.
Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick
Based on MyBookie's odds, it seems that the Los Angeles Dodgers are in a promising position on their quest for victory. Market analysis indicates that the Dodgers currently hold a 72.6 percent probability of securing the win.
Arizona Diamondbacks: +164
Los Angeles Dodgers: -198
The Dodgers are excellent at home, while the D-backs are a hair above .500 on the road. Look for the Dodgers to lead with better pitching and more scoring opportunities.
Final Pick: Take the Los Angeles Dodgers to Win at -198
Written By: David White
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