Since losing three straight games from August 31 to September 2, the Dodgers have gone 11-3, clinched the NL West, topped 100 wins for the fourth time in the last five full seasons, and swept the Giants again to finish their season series at 15-4.
Now the DBacks come to town for a weird five-games-in-four-days series (thanks, lockout!). After dropping two of three in Arizona early in the season, Los Angeles has gone 10-1 against Arizona since, with the only loss coming from the hangover lineup the day after clinching the division.
Game one of the series will pit Clayton Kershaw against Merrill Kelly. Kershaw has made three starts since coming off the injured list, allowing three runs in 18 innings. The most recent start was the division-clincher in Phoenix last week, when Kersh threw seven shutout innings for the win.
Kelly has been good this year, except when facing the Dodgers. He allowed three runs in five innings to take the loss in that clinching game, and the 5.40 ERA that night actually lowered his season ERA against L.A. down to 8.50.
Team Games (W/L)
- Dodgers against the spread (ATS) this season: 90-55 (per ActionNetwork.com)
- Diamondbacks ATS: 82-63-1
According to FanDuel, the Dodgers are heavy favorites to win the game, as of 10:40 am PT. Los Angeles is listed at (-290) to win outright, with the DBacks at (+235). The Dodgers are listed at (-137) to cover the 1.5-run spread, with Arizona at (+114) to cover. The over-under is set at 7.5 runs, with the over at (+100) and the under at (-122).
Dodgers Player Props
Max Muncy and Joey Gallo are the co-favorites to homer for the Dodgers at (+330), with Freddie Freeman (+360), Will Smith (+360), and Mookie Betts (+360) not far behind. Chris Taylor is a decent longshot bet at (+680).
First pitch is set for 7:10 pm PT. The game will be broadcast on SportsNetLA, with Bally Sports Arizona carrying the game for Dodger fans living in enemy territory.
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