Having arguably the most difficult schedule to start the season, Arizona has surpassed all expectations with 7-3 record and has supplied backers betting baseball with +5.4 units of profit.
Obviously first-year manager Torey Lovullo has done a great job in preparing his team and the players are playing hard for their new skipper and they face a Los Angeles team that has won the AL West five straight years. The opening game has a super pitching matchup of two former teammates.
Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw are friends from their day together on the Dodgers. “He’s so competitive that if I started taking it lightly, it would be a bad game plan,” Greinke told MLB.com. “He has a great mindset. A great work ethic. He does everything as perfect as you’d want a pitcher to do.” Grienke (2-0, 2.31 ERA) has not been especially effective in his time with Arizona, but is showing signs of being more relaxed this season and his outstanding array of pitches have been more effective to date. Greinke is 3-2 with a 3.80 ERA in seven career starts versus Los Angeles.
Kershaw (1-1, 3.46) had to be shocked after allowing back-to-back home runs for the first time in his career in loss at Colorado. With Kershaw, while that was stunning, you normally don’t worry about the best pitcher in baseball. The left-hander takes these moments to heart and will work even harder the next time out to place his fastball in the best spots and have his deadly curveball variations working even better. Kershaw is 12-8 with a 2.75 ERA in 24 starts against the Diamondbacks.
Arizona is averaging 5.5 RPG, lead by Jake Lamb (.342 BA, 10 RBI’s) and bunch of players who have gotten off to great starts like 2B Brandon Drury (.344). Paul Goldschmidt’s .270 BA is fair, but he still has a great eye and has .386 on-base percentage.