April 13, 2018
There is one MLB pick tonight.
Take Arizona Diamondbacks (+130) on the ML against Los Angeles Dodgers risking 3% to win 3.9%.
(Greinke and Maeda must start for wager to have action.)
The LA Dodgers may be the favorite in this matchup, however, the Arizona Diamondbacks have owned the regular season series as of late. Arizona is 10-0 in the last 10 regular seasons meeting between these two teams and have already swept the Dodgers in a three-game series earlier this season. the Dodgers come into this series struggling on the mound after getting blasted for 16 runs and 21 hits in their series with the Oakland A's. They will have no time to recoup as they are now tasked with navigating another power-hitting lineup in the Diamondbacks.
Kenta Maeda will be tasked with turning LA's pitching woes around and the club hasn't exactly put him in the greatest position to do that. Maeda looked great in his first start of the season but was skipped in the rotation due to a rainout and pitched just one inning of relief last Saturday. This will be his first start since March 31st and could certainly be rusting when he takes the mound tonight. Maeda also struggled against Arizona last season, going 0-3 with a 7.36 ERA over 7 starts.
Paul Goldschmidt had struggled at the plate to start the season but appears to have finally started to find his swing. The hard-hitting first baseman has homered in consecutive games and is a career .306 hitter with 28 home runs and 92 RBIs in 114 games versus Los Angeles. He will certainly be a player to watch tonight as he squares off against Maeda.
Zack Greinke will once again get a chance to square off against his former team. He wasn't sharp in his last outing, surrendering 5 runs on 9 hits against St. Louis. In his defense, the game in St. Louis was a cold, sub-40-degree night and the colder conditions likely influenced his performance. Despite his struggles last time out, the former Cy Young winner is still sporting a perfect 14-0 K:BB ratio through 10 and two thirds innings. We expect after his most recent performance that he will be sharp against his former club.
The Diamondbacks are showing a lot of value tonight as underdogs given their recent streak over their rivals and offer a great return on investment.
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