The Arizona Diamondbacks will continue their weekend series with the Los Angeles Dodgers with a Friday night MLB matchup at Dodger Stadium. With that said, it’s a good time to check out our MLB odds series, which includes a Diamondbacks-Dodgers prediction and pick, laid out below.
Arizona struggled last season, finishing with a 74-88 record, good for fourth place in the NL West. Manager Torey Lovullo has earned the confidence of the front office, as he was extended towards the end of a 52-win season in 2021. Arizona has accumulated young talent over the past few years.
Los Angeles is one of the best run franchises in the league, finishing 111-51 last season and running away with the NL West crown. An NLDS upset at the hands of the San Diego Padres put a dimmer on an otherwise magical season. Manager Dave Roberts is one of the best in the business.
Here are the Diamondbacks-Dodgers MLB odds, courtesy of FanDuel.
MLB Odds: Diamondbacks-Dodgers Odds
Arizona Diamondbacks: +1.5 (-137)
Los Angeles Dodgers: -1.5 (+114)
Over: 7.5 (-108)
Under: 7.5 (-112)
How To Watch Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers
TV: Bally Sports Arizona, SportsNet Los Angeles
Time: 10:10 PM ET/7:10 PM PT
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Why The Diamondbacks Could Cover The Spread
Some offseason trades shook up the look of the Arizona lineup. Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. is the biggest name acquired, hitting .291 with 32 doubles for Toronto last season. Gurriel, Jr. will likely spend the season in the middle of this Diamondbacks lineup. Ketel Marte still calls Arizona home, looking to rebound after a rough 2022 season. Marte still managed to slug 42 doubles despite a .240 batting average.
Athletic outfielder Kyle Lewis, acquired from Seattle, is a name to watch this season. Lewis has always hit the ball hard, but has hit the ball on the ground too much in his career. Lewis was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2020, so the talent is there. Christian Walker enjoyed a career year in 2022, belting 26 home runs and winning a Gold Glove. Corbin Carroll comes with a huge prospect pedigree.
Merrill Kelly will get the ball for this Dodgers-Diamondbacks game. Kelly was at his best in 2022, pitching to a 3.37 ERA with 177 strikeouts in 200.1 innings, all career bests. The righty led the league in starts. Reliever Andrew Chafin was great in Detroit last season, with a 2.83 ERA with 67 strikeouts in 57.1 innings, and is back with the team he debuted with.
Why The Dodgers Could Cover The Spread
Freddie Freeman was great in his first season with Los Angeles, hitting .325 with 21 home runs and 47 doubles, which led the league. Freeman also led the league with a .407 OBP, walking 84 times. For an encore, Freeman went 2-4 with a walk in the opener.
Mookie Betts, another former MVP, hit 40 doubles and 35 home runs last season, also stealing 12 bases. Catcher Will Smith is one of the best offensive catchers in the league, hitting 26 doubles and 24 home runs last season. Smith has been exceptional since debuting in 2019. As if the lineup needed more help, JD Martinez was signed this offseason. Martinez hit a combined 85 doubles the last two seasons, earning two All-Star nods.
Dustin May is looking for a clean bill of health this season after pitching in just 11 games the last two seasons. May has one of the better fastballs in the league, an upper 90s MPH bowling ball sinker. A Dodgers' bullpen led by Evan Phillips and his sweeping slider will work to shorten games. Phillips posted a career low 1.14 ERA last season, striking out 77 batters in 63 innings.
Final Diamondbacks-Dodgers Prediction & Pick
Los Angeles is the elite of the elite, and should have no problem in this one.
Final Diamondbacks-Dodgers Prediction & Pick: Los Angeles -1.5 (+114), over 7.5 (-108)