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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Arizona Diamondbacks (59-58) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (78-41)

August 11th at 4:10 ET (Dodger Stadium)

ML: Arizona Diamondbacks (+190) Los Angeles Dodgers (-220)

RL: Arizona Diamondbacks (+1.5) Los Angeles Dodgers (-1.5) O/U: 8

A clash between two NL West teams continue as the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers conclude a three-game series. The Diamondbacks and Carson Kelly stunned the Dodgers and Kenley Jansen in Game 1. Kelly hit the game-tying home run in the 9th inning off of Jansen. Then, he sealed the deal in the 11th inning with solo HR to win it. In Game 2, Kenta Maeda pitched 7 shutout innings to lead the Dodgers to a 4-0 victory. For Game 3, the Diamondbacks are sending innings eater Mike Leake (recently acquired from the Seattle Mariners) to the mound. While the Dodgers are sending out CY Young candidate Hyun-Jin Ryu. In his D-Backs debut, Leake pitched 5.1 innings allowing 11 hits, but only surrendering two runs, with one walk, and three strikouts. On the other side, Ryu is in the midst of a breakout season with a dominant 1.53 ERA.

The Dodgers have nearly been impossible to beat at home. That's one of the biggest reasons they are a Top 3 team in baseball. Behind MVP candidate Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers have ran away in the NL West. A commanding 18 game lead over the 2nd place Diamondbacks. While the rest of the NL West is hovering at or below .500, the Dodgers are comfortably sitting with a winning percentage above .650. However, the D-Backs have an above .500 winning percentage on the road which has kept them in the playoff race. The Diamondbacks still have a chance to clinch a Wild Card berth in the midst of a close battle with other teams such as the scorching New York Mets, and the Milwaukee Brewers. At this point in the season, every game matters.

Arizona Diamondbacks

This has been a team that has been leaning towards the rebuilding stage recently. They traded away 6x All-Star 1B Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals last offseason. Then, as the trade deadline was entering its last moments, they shocked the MLB world by trading ace Zack Greinke to the Houston Astros for a package of top prospects. The Diamondbacks got a lot of MLB ready talent in return for their top two players. As evidence of Carson Kelly (key piece in Goldschmidt deal) who has 16 HR, 41 RBI, and a .268 AVG. The Diamondbacks have built a strong foundation. Even after trading away top tier players, they're still in the hunt for a playoff spot. That says a lot about this team, and their determination to play in October.

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