The Dodgers and Diamondbacks will kick off a 3-game series this weekend starting tonight in Los Angeles. It should be an interesting matchup between the 2 NL West teams with the Dodgers dealing with a series of issues in their starting rotation. That has led to Dave Roberts once again going with a bullpen game on Friday, the team’s third of the week.
Despite that, the oddsmakers are once again heavily favoring the DOdgers. That’s easy to do when playing a team like Arizona who has compiled a 25-64 record and is throwing a guy making his 6th big league start.
Taylor Widener will get the ball for Arizona, and he was really good before hitting the injured list with a groin strain. This will be his first start since being placed on the injured list in April. Widener has faced the Dodgers just once in his young career, coming on in relief last year.
- DBacks Odds: +225
- Dodgers Odds: -275
- Over/Under: 8.5
Predictions: The Dodgers are throwing a bullpen game, but the All-Star Game is also next week. That means they’re going to have some time to rest those guys after this series. That means they likely won’t have any hesitations running guys out there for this series.
While those crazy odds might have bettors leaning towards Arizona, it’s a tough bet against Los Angeles.
Over or Under? The Dodgers are averaging 5 runs at home while the DBacks are averaging close to 4 per game on the road. That leaves a tight window to break the 8.5 run line, but taking the over seems like an easy bet tonight with the bullpen game.