Dodgers vs. D-Backs battle Down Under
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks will play the second of their two-game series in Australia on Saturday night as they meet at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Hyun-jin Ryu is the scheduled starter for the Dodgers on Saturday night, while the Diamondbacks counter with Trevor Cahill. Ryu went 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA last season, while Cahill posted an 8-10 mark with a 3.99 ERA in 2013.
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 20-ranked Diamondbacks and the No. 17-rated Dodgers in this matchup.
Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 9-0 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at +122 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Michael Wacha shut down the Dodgers in their last game, striking out 5 in a 9-0 shutout over Los Angeles in baseball action at Busch Stadium.
Arizona won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Nationals on September 29. Bettors who backed the Diamondbacks at -121 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Arizona looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Nationals, a 3-2 final on Sunday in support of Wade Miley at Chase Field.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Arizona's No. 14 ranked offense (4.23 runs per game) against a Dodgers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 3 at 3.59 runs allowed per game. The Diamondbacks have been averaging 9.06 hits per game, more than the Dodgers have managed so far this season (8.92 hits on average).
Defensively, Los Angeles features the No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.63 runs per game. Arizona, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 at home, scoring 4.23 runs per game.
A few Dodgers at Diamondbacks trends to consider:
LA Dodgers is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
LA Dodgers is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Arizona
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Dodgers's last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona
LA Dodgers is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games
Arizona is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Arizona's last 10 games at home
Arizona is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers
Los Angeles at San Diego, Sunday, March 30th
Arizona home to San Francisco, Monday, March 31st