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MLB Betting Picks July 2 – Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers

Written by:
Phil Simon
Published on:
Jul/02/2019

With such a big lead in the NL West it’s possible the Los Angeles Dodgers could lose their focus. That may have been the case on a recent road trip that saw them go 3-4 against the Rockies and Monday’s opponent the Arizona Diamondbacks.


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The Dodgers dropped two of three to the D-Backs in the desert last week and now get them at home after enjoying their first day off in nearly three weeks. LA’s Ross Stripling will make his second straight start since coming out of the pen. He’ll be opposed by Taylor Clarke, who makes his third start of the year against the Dodgers. Wagering options for this NL West showdown are available at BookMaker.eu.

Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers

Date and Time: Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 10:10 p.m. ET

Location: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

Probable Pitchers: Taylor Clarke vs. Ross Stripling

Opening MLB Odds: Los Angeles -220, Arizona +184, O/U 9

Diamondbacks at Dodgers TV Coverage: Local

Odds Analysis

The Dodgers haven’t lost a lot this season, so taking two of three last weekend was a boost of confidence for the D-backs. It also got them back to .500 after a six-game losing streak. They followed that by splitting four games with the Giants and they are 5-3 in their last eight games overall. That’s positive news for a club that struggled against division foes. Arizona is just 16-27 against NL West teams and has five games remaining on a stretch of 18 straight within the division. The D-backs dropped three of four on their first visit to Dodger Stadium giving up a total of 42 runs.

Concluding their seven-game road trip with a win over the Rockies on Sunday, the Dodgers also ended an 18-day stretch without a day off. Despite winning just three times on the trip, LA closed the run with a 12-6 record to build its lead to 12 games over the second-place Rockies. The Dodgers continue to own MLB’s best record thanks to their dominance at home. They are 34-9 at Dodger Stadium this year, outscoring opponents by 101 runs.

Probable Pitchers

Rookie Taylor Clarke ( 2-3, 6.10 ERA ) has started eight games with two of them coming against the Dodgers and his numbers were nearly identical. He went 5.0 innings in both giving up four hits and two earned runs in a loss on June 4. Last week, he gave up two earned on three hits to get the 8-2 victory. He hasn’t pitched past the fifth inning in any of his last six starts so the D-backs pen better be ready.

Control and the long ball have prevented Clarke from posting better numbers. He’s walked 14 batters and given up nine home runs in 38.1 innings. Seven of the dingers have come in his last four starts where he’s pitched just 16 innings. Clarke is making his first appearance at Dodger Stadium and boasts a 5.68 ERA and .300 OBA in six road games.

Used primarily in long relief, Ross Stripling ( 3-2, 3.08 ERA ) returns to the rotation in place of the injured Rich Hill. He made his first start in two months last week in Arizona, giving up four hits and one earned run over 3.0 innings. He threw 60 pitches and the hope is to stretch him out longer in terms of innings and pitches.

Stripling has been effective in his seven starts going 1-1 with a 2.68 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 36 strikeouts over 37 innings. He’s faced Arizona three times with two starts this season and has allowed just one earned run and seven hits across 10.1 innings.

Player to Watch

Cody Bellinger is putting up MVP-type numbers this season, and if he continues his torrid pace against Arizona he’ll be a lock for the honor. His .346 average, 67 RBIs, and .695 slugging percentage are all second in the NL while his 27 homers put him three off the league lead. Bellinger has a chance to fatten those numbers against the D-backs, who he’s torched for a .441 average, five homers and 12 RBIs in just 34 at-bats. He’s 2 for 3 against Clarke with one of those hits leaving the yard.

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Playing 18 straight days is a chore, so you know the Dodgers enjoyed the day off. And they returned home after splitting in Colorado and not losing any ground to their closest competitor in the division. Arizona enjoyed some success against the Dodgers last week, but having to win on the road is a different challenge. LA is the best home team in the Majors and I expect Stripling will stretch things out for a solid six frames. The Dodgers can get to Clarke and they will to post a home win that goes over the total.

MLB Score Prediction: Dodgers 7, D-backs 4

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- This article courtesy of Phil Simon, Bookmaker.eu

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