The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks are getting very familiar early this season. They’ve already played six times this season and split them 3-3.
The Dodgers are 5-3 overall, winning their other two games not against Arizona, while the Diamondbacks have alternated loss/win all season long for a record of 4-4. Yesterday, Arizona took the 6-3 win over LA.
Today, it’ll be Noah Syndergaard on the hill for the Dodgers. His lone outing of the season was on April 2, when he went 6.0 innings and surrendered just one earned run. He was facing off with Zach Davies that day and Davies will also be on the mound in this one. Davies gave up one over 5.0 innings in the Diamondbacks 2-1 win that day.
If the trend continues for Arizona, then they’re due for a loss today, and they are home underdogs against LA.
Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks odds, run line and total
Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks prediction and pick
If you’re a pitcher in the MLB and you get traded to or signed by the Dodgers it must feel like finding Willy Wonka’s golden ticket, because your career gets revived faster than Grandpa Joe when he hops out of bed.
It looks like Noah Syndergaard is the next in line to have a bounce back year in Dodger blue. Thor has had to rebrand himself as a sinker ball pitcher who induces soft contact and that has worked fairly well for him, but in his first outing he was missing bats again.
Syndergaard allowed an averaged exit velocity of 81.0 MPH which with a very small sample size is 96th percentile in the majors.
He also has a whiff rate in the 67th percentile and a K% in the 65th. He got a fantastic chase rate in his first outing against Arizona. I expect him to be strong and potentially even dominant again.
The Diamondbacks got a strong first start from Zach Davies against the Dodgers on April 2, but he had a hard hit percentage of 53.3.
Over half the time he was hit hard, but he only surrendered one run on a solo homer. He’ll get touched up for much more today.
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