The Los Angeles Dodgers still have hopes of catching San Francisco in the NL West, while those betting baseball have more immediate goals, like can L.A. knockoff the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight?
The Dodgers are getting healthier, which they hope can close the gap against the Giants, but more importantly they want stay right where they are as the No.1 wild card team, to assure they make the playoffs.
Arizona on the other hand is arguably the most disappointing team in baseball at 38-53 (-16.4 units). The D-Backs are far and away the major’s worst home team at 15-33 (-25) and have been outscored by a whopping 1.3 runs per contest at Chase Field.
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This will be Brandon McCarthy’s (2-0, 2.70 ERA, 0.90 WHIP) third start of the season since coming off Tommy John surgery. The right-hander and former Diamondback gave up three earned runs on three hits, walking three and striking out six over five innings in last Saturday’s 4-3 victory over the Padres. After the contest he complained of having no feel for any of his pitches. McCarthy has been oft-injured throughout his 11-year career, but does throw strikes and generally keeps the ball down in the zone.
Three years ago Archie Bradley (3-5, 4.64, 1.41) was one of the most prized prospects in baseball. These days, still at only 23, he trying to be a sufficient big league starter and scuffling to do so. Since being hit the jaw with a line drive last season, he’s not been the same pitcher. Bradley walks a batter about every other inning (30 free passes in 64 innings) and struggles with consistent location. The rest of this season might determine if Bradley is with Arizona in 2017.
Not unexpected, Los Angeles is a better scoring road team than home team, playing away from the dense air of Dodger Stadium and tallying 4.7 runs a contest. Rookie Corey Seager has been the best shortstop in the NL and has been batting around .300, leads the team in home runs with 17 and among the leaders in runs batted in. However, once this club drops to sixth slot on lineup card, way too many – 1,2,3 innings or missed opportunities with runners in scoring position.