Los Angeles Dodgers (31-12) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (15-28)
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to continue their quest for the top spot in baseball when they face the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. These teams are headed in opposite directions as the Dodgers are 7-3 in their last 10 games while Arizona has lost nine of their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks are in last in the NL West and are tied for the third-worst record in the Majors.
There is no team that the Dodgers love facing more than the Diamondbacks. Los Angeles is 7-1 against Arizona this season, including winning the last six games. These two teams played a one-game makeup in L.A. on Tuesday, won by the Dodgers in extra-innings, 10-9.
Dodgers Look to Get Rolling…AgainThe Los Angeles Dodgers had a minor hiccup last weekend when they dropped two of three to the Colorado Rockies at home. However, the team won 12 of the prior 14 games.
It is easy to see why they are doing so well. They have the second-best ERA in the Majors, trailing only Cleveland but, unlike the Indians, the Dodgers have a pretty solid lineup, ranked 12th in batting and first in homers. Los Angeles is second in runs scored, averaging almost six runs per game. They are averaging nearly two runs per game more than Arizona and allowing more than two runs more per game. It is easy to see why they do not match up well against the Dodgers.
Dustin May will help to keep the Dodger machine rolling when he takes the ball on Thursday. May is having a fine year, posting a 2.88 ERA in eight starts, but he has very little to show for it at 1-1.
May has been the epitome of consistency. He has allowed either one or two runs in every start, including two in his last start against Colorado. The righty allowed three hits, but two homers against the Rockies in Los Angeles. He has only walked 10 batters in 40.2 innings pitched.
Preparing for 2021Entering Wednesday night’s game, the Diamondbacks have lost four straight games and are 1-7 this month. The Dodgers have been great in all areas; the Diamondbacks have been poor. They are 22nd in ERA at 5.04 and are near the bottom in runs scored and homers.
If there is a bright spot for Arizona it is that four players have faced May before and all are a perfect 1-1 in those at-bats. Jake Lamb drove in two with his hit, so they have shown that they can hit the Dodgers starter, even in a small sample size.
The Diamondbacks send former Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner to the mound. He has been horrific this season, going 0-4 with an 8.44 ERA in five starts. Bumgarner pitched into the sixth in each of his first two starts, but has not gone beyond the fifth in any of the last three.
In his last start, the lefty gave up two runs in four innings against his former team. Bumgarner may not go much more than four, which leaves the game in the hands of the Diamondbacks bullpen. That is not necessarily a good thing as the Arizona bullpen has a 5.16 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.
- 4-17 in their last 21 games.
- 8-20 in their last 28 games against NL West teams.
- 0-6 in the last six games against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles Dodgers:
- 40-15 in their last 55 games.
- 91-40 in their last 131 games against NL West teams.
- 37-14 in their last 51 games on a Thursday.
- 6-1 in their last seven games on the road against a left-hander.