Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10/7/2023 – Get ready for an electrifying showdown at Dodger Stadium as the Los Angeles Dodgers (100-62) take on the Arizona Diamondbacks (84-78) in Game 1 of the National League Division Series (NLDS). The stakes are high, the tension palpable, and baseball fans are in for a thrilling ride. In this comprehensive preview, we’ll break down the key stats, player insights, and betting odds to get you primed for this exciting clash. As the teams prepare to face off, sportsbooks have set the odds for this epic battle. Arizona enters as the underdog with a moneyline of +155, while Los Angeles is favored at -190. The MLB over/under betting pick for the game is set at 7.5.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10/7/2023
|When:||Saturday, October 7, 2023 9:20 PM ET|
|Where:||Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA|
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— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) October 7, 2023
The Arizona Diamondbacks have had a solid season, boasting 84 wins against 78 losses. Offensively, they’ve been a force to be reckoned with, tallying 274 doubles and 166 home runs. Their slugging percentage sits at .408, and they’ve scored an impressive 706 runs, ranking them 14th in MLB. The Diamondbacks have a team batting average of .250 and an on-base percentage (OBP) of .322. They’ve walked 540 times and struck out 1,247 times.
On the mound, the Diamondbacks have encountered both triumphs and challenges. Their team ERA for the season stands at 4.47, placing them 20th in the league. The pitching staff has struck out 1,351 batters but also surrendered 197 home runs and 761 runs in total. They’ve walked 525 opposing batters, and their FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) is 4.36 as a squad.
In relief situations, the Diamondbacks have a save percentage of 62.0% and have entered the game in 149 save opportunities. Their relievers have inherited 235 runners, with 30.2% of them ending up scoring. In high-leverage situations, they’ve appeared 154 times. The Diamondbacks have deployed 547 relievers throughout the season, resulting in 76 holds. They’ve secured 44 saves but also suffered 27 blown saves.
The Diamondbacks have maintained a solid defense, converting 69.5% of baseballs in play into outs during their 12,918 innings on the diamond, ranking them 14th in the majors. They’ve notched 4,306 putouts, 1,399 assists, and committed 56 errors. Their fielding percentage is a league-leading .990, and they’ve executed 134 double plays.
With a career win-loss record of 48-43, Merrill Kelly will take the Diamondbacks’ mound. His career stats include an FIP of 4.02, 683 base hits allowed (8.2 hits per 9 innings), 233 free passes, an ERA of 3.80 (317 earned runs allowed), and a WHIP of 1.220. Kelly has faced 3,095 hitters in the majors and accumulated 681 strikeouts over 750 innings.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been a powerhouse this season, amassing 100 wins against 62 losses. Offensively, they’ve been a juggernaut, hitting 249 home runs and driving in 877 RBIs. Their impressive 303 doubles, 644 walks, and 906 runs scored highlight their offensive prowess. The Dodgers boast a team OBP of .340 and a batting average of .257. Their slugging percentage stands at .455, and they score an average of 5.59 runs per game, ranking 2nd in baseball.
The Dodgers’ pitching staff has been equally impressive, with a team WHIP of 1.202 and an FIP of 4.23. They’ve allowed 1,284 hits this season and surrendered 652 earned runs, resulting in an ERA of 4.06. Their remarkable K/BB ratio of 8.60 (1,388 strikeouts vs. 454 walks) showcases their pitching prowess. However, they’ve given up 200 home runs, allowing 4.35 runs per 9 innings, ranking 10th in baseball.
In the bullpen, the Dodgers have excelled with a save rate of 72.1%. They’ve entered the game in 61 save situations and successfully converted 44 saves. The Dodgers’ relievers have inherited 203 base runners, with a 26.1% score rate. They’ve appeared in high-leverage situations 157 times and dealt with base runners on 135 occasions. Throughout the season, the Dodgers have utilized 551 bullpen pitchers.
The Dodgers have displayed strong defensive capabilities, converting 70.9% of baseballs in play into outs during their 13,017 innings on the diamond, ranking 2nd in the majors. They’ve recorded 139 double plays, have a fielding rate of .987 (10th in the majors), and accumulated 1,406 assists. With only 76 errors, they’ve earned a total of 4,339 putouts.
Clayton Kershaw, with an impressive career win-loss record of 210-92, is set to start for the Dodgers. His career stats include a FIP of 2.8, 2,055 base hits surrendered (6.8 hits per 9 innings), 2,944 strikeouts, 747 earned runs, a WHIP of 1.004, and a K/BB ratio of 4.40. Kershaw has faced 10,683 hitters in his illustrious career over 2,712 innings.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Numbers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona’s last 7 games.
Arizona are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games.
Arizona are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games against LA Dodgers.
DBacks are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
Arizona are 4-16 SU in their last 20 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Arizona’s last 8 games against an opponent in the National League.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Arizona’s last 10 games against an opponent in the National League West Division
Los Angeles Dodgers
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the LA Dodgers’ last 10 games.
LA Dodgers are 12-5 SU in their last 17 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Dodgers’ last 6 games at home.
LA Dodgers are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games when playing at home against Arizona.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Dodgers’ last 5 games against an opponent in the National League.
LA Dodgers are 14-6 SU in their last 20 games against an opponent in the National League West Division
Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Picks
The NLDS Game 1 clash between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks promises to be a spectacle of baseball brilliance. With two formidable teams battling for supremacy, fans can expect an intense showdown at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are predicted to win Game 1 with the MLB NLDS sports betting predictions in their favor.
Score Prediction: Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 3