The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks are set to wrap up their four-game series on Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles has won two of the first three games in this series, including an 11-2 win on Saturday night.
Both teams compete in the National League West Division, and this division looks extremely strong this year. The Dodgers were the clear preseason favorites, but the Diamondbacks were expected to contend.
The Dodgers come into this game with a 6-3 record, and that has them in a first-place tie with two other teams. Arizona is just 3-6 so far this season and sits in the last place in the West.
FanDuel Sportsbook has the Los Angeles Dodgers at -178 over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the series finale on Sunday.
Kershaw Back for Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw is back on the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers in this game, and that’s good news for the Diamondbacks. Kershaw was scratched from his first start of the season with back stiffness, but he is ready to go in this game.
The lefthander has a career 2.84 ERA in 33 starts against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he figures to be tough on a struggling lineup. If Kershaw struggles at all, the Dodgers will turn to their talented and deep bullpen.
Cody Bellinger was out of the lineup for the Dodgers on Saturday night, but the team still went on and hit four home runs. The Dodgers have one of the deepest lineups in the National League, and they love to play long ball.
Cory Seager and Max Muncy have both hit three home runs this season to lead the team, and the Dodgers have hit 15 of them already this season. Seager leads the team with 13 hits so far this season and is also hitting .361.
The Dodgers can score, and they can score runs in a hurry.
Inconsistent Offense Plaguing Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks spent a ton of money in the offseason to improve their offense, but so far, the results haven’t been worth it. The Diamondbacks have scored some runs in a few games, but they lack a consistent offensive attack.
Arizona has only hit two home runs this season, and they are going to have to start finding some power. Ketel Marte and Kole Calhoun are the only players with a home run so far this season.
Marte has been the best hitter for the Diamondbacks this season, but he needs some help from his teammates. Marte leads the team with 12 hits and is hitting .343 through the first nine games.
Merrill Kelly will make a start for Arizona on Sunday, and he was terrific in his first start of the season. Kelly took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his start against the Texas Rangers and gave up just three hits overall.
Dodgers Win Series Finale
The Diamondbacks were expected to be a much better team in 2020, but it hasn’t played out that way so far. Arizona can’t seem to get enough hitting at times, and that could be a problem again on Sunday.
Clayton Kershaw is an important piece to the Dodgers, and he is still one of the best pitchers in baseball. He should be nice and refreshed for this game, and he will pitch well.
The Dodgers also feature one of the best offenses in baseball, and they are going to put up a ton of runs in this one. Arizona simply won’t be able to score enough runs to keep up.
Head to FanDuel Sportsbook and bet on the Los Angeles Dodgers -178 over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the series finale.