LOS ANGELES DODGERS
at ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
First pitch: Tuesday, 9:40 p.m. ET
Line: N/A, Total: N/A
The Dodgers take their league-best record to Arizona on Tuesday and they’ll be hoping to earn yet another win over the Diamondbacks in this one.
Los Angeles has been absolutely ridiculous this season, as the team is over 50 games over the .500 mark and has just about 20 games on the second and third place teams in its division right now. That might not seem that crazy, but they are playing in the same division as the Diamondbacks and Rockies. Both teams are having fantastic seasons thus far, and they are both looking like they will be playing in the postseason later in the year. The Diamondbacks do, however, have more to play for in this game, and perhaps that will give them a competitive edge in this one. Arizona will definitely want homefield advantage in a potential wild card game, so the team needs to win games like this. If the Diamondbacks are swept here then the Rockies will almost surely pass them in the wild card standings. The starters in this Tuesday night matchup are going to be LHP Rich Hill (9-5, 3.32 ERA, 122 K) for the Dodgers and RHP Zack Godley (5-7, 3.15 ERA, 124 K) for the Diamondbacks. Both guys have been great this season, so it wouldn’t be shocking if there are not many runs scored in this contest.
The Dodgers have been incredible this season and Rich Hill will be hoping to keep them going on Tuesday. Hill has been great for Los Angeles lately, as he has allowed two or fewer earned runs in seven of his past 10 starts for the team. He actually carried a no-hitter into the 10th inning of a game against the Pirates on Aug. 23 too, so he should be full of confidence out there in this one. It also helps that Hill threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Diamondbacks on Jul. 6, and the Dodgers ended up winning that one 5-4. On offense, one guy to keep an eye on in this game is SS Corey Seager. Seager is just 1-for-11 against Godley in his career, but he will be counted on to change that when he gets out there on Tuesday. It also helps that Seager has been on fire as of late, as he’ll be feeling extremely confident when he is up at the plate. 3B Justin Turner can also help the team in this one, as he has two career homers off of Godley.
Zack Godley has allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of his past 10 starts, but he has also pitched less than six innings in three straight and five of his past 10. That is something that will need to change on Tuesday, as the Diamondbacks are counting on him to go a bit deeper into this one. But at the same time, the team would also be fine with him pitching 5.2 innings of one-run ball like he did the last time he faced the Dodgers. They would take that type of quality over quantity any day. As for Arizona’s offense, the hope will be that 1B Paul Goldschmidt can come through at the plate for the Diamondbacks. Goldschmidt is playing like an MVP this season, but he is just 2-for-8 with only one RBI against Rich Hill in his career. If he can’t find a way to get to him in this one then Arizona is going to have a lot of trouble winning.