Diamondbacks Vs. Dodgers Predictions | Baseball Opening Day Picks
Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Picks
The Los Angeles Dodgers will seek a third straight World Series appearance in the Majors. Their first step towards having another chance to win the title starts against the Arizona Diamondbacks on opening day. So the Dodgers had swung and missed over the last two seasons, reaching the World Series, but failing to get the job done. 2019 has changed much from the year before except they saw Manny Machado leave to San Diego with a suitcase filled with money. Once again their ace Clayton Kershaw is dealing with a shoulder injury, and he will miss the first 20 days of the season. It’s nothing major.
That leaves the lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu to open the year for Los Angeles. Ryu is coming off a 7-3 record after 15 starts last season. It was the first time in three seasons the South Korean ended a season with a winning record. Ryu is a good pitcher but not to be trusted with a big task. The sooner the Dodgers realizes that, the better. The South Korean is 3-3 on his career against the Diamondbacks, posting a 3.77 ERA in 13 starts. The Diamondback’s batting line up has potential, but Jake Lamb and Steven Souza Jr need to bounce from a terrible 2018. Lamb and Souza Jr combined for 11 home runs last season, which was a significant drop from the 60 they recorded in 2017.
Arizona also lost A.J. Pollock, who is now with the team they are about to face. Pollock had 21 home runs and 65 RBIs last season in one of his best career years. It just happens that now he plays for the Dodgers. With his addition and a deep pitching rotation, the Dodgers open as favorites to win the American League once again. My.Bookie.ag listed them +350 with an implied probability of 23% changes of winning it. Arizona will start the veteran Zack Greinke. The veteran started 33 games last season, which has the most since 2010. Greinke posted a 15-11 record in 2018 with a 3.21 ERA. He faced the Dodgers four times earning a 3-1 record. Over 25 innings pitched Greinke gave up 23 hits and 11 runs against LA.
The Diamondbacks won’t be anywhere near the top of the National League Pennant. MyBookie, ag listed them +3000 to reach the World Series. However, Arizona would love to steal the first game of the season from a hated rival. The Zack Greinke vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu matchup can only see one winner, and that’s Greinke. He has proven he can handle the Dodgers lineup. It’s an excellent opportunity to bet the Diamondbacks in the money line and hit the 41% changes they have to win this game.
Run line: +1.5
Money Line: Arizona +142 vs. LA Dodgers -152
Run total: 7.5
Pitchers: Zack Greinke (0-0) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-0)
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2018
Game time: 3:00 PM ET
Ball Park: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
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