Free NLDS Series Prediction: Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers Odds
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2017 NLDS Free Series Picks & Odds
It’s going to be a National League West showdown for one of the National League Division series.
The Arizona Diamondbacks held on from a late charge against the Colorado Rockies in the one game wild card to get a date with the best team in baseball at least record wise.
The Los Angeles Dodgers looked like the best team in baseball for most the season, but they have really backed their way into the playoffs the last month or so.
This should be a series that could go either way and could feature a lot of high scoring games, or a lot of pitchers duel just depending on what team on both sides show up.
Who’s got the edge? Let’s break it down.
2017 NLDS Free Series Prediction: Offense
Both teams made a couple of trades at the trade deadline, focusing on different things. For the Arizona Diamondbacks they made a trade to get JD Martinez, and it has offered all kinds of success.
Since coming over from the Tigers he has played in 62 games with the Diamondbacks and has 29 home runs and 65 RBI’s. If the Diamondbacks were to win this series they are going to need to have a huge series from Martinez.
But for Arizona it’s just not Martinez. They have like the likes of Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and AJ Pollack all who should be factors in this series.
One thing to watch in this series for the Diamondbacks is how they perform at Dodger Stadium. They have no issue scoring runs at home, but sometimes on the road they go on stretches where they have trouble scoring runs.
For the Los Angeles Dodgers they have all kinds of power up and down their line up, and they really don’t have any holes. Even most of the pitchers on this team have the ability to hit.
In terms of power it starts with rookie Cody Bellinger who has taken the league by storm. He has hitten 39 home runs this year, but in this series the Dodgers also need him to get hits that aren’t just home runs.
He is a great home run hitter but at times he has trouble getting on base any other way. Other guys to watch in this series is Corey Seager and Yasiel Puig who have power to hit it out at any time.
Edge: Los Angeles Dodgers
The Diamondbacks might actually have the offensive advantage at home, but in terms of top to bottom dominance the Dodgers is where the advantage lies.
2017 NLDS Free Series Prediction: Pitching
The Diamondbacks starting pitching is decent, but let’s just say if they win this series it will be because of the offense, not because each starter is shutting down the Dodgers.
Zach Greinke is the ace, and has been really good all year. But he had to pitch in the Wild Card game so that is one less start he will be able to make in this series.
They also had to burn up Robbie Ray in the Wild Card game who is the second best pitcher. Some of the back of the rotation guys are going to have to step up early in this series if they want to pull off some wins in the first couple games.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best rotation in baseball.
In the first three games of this series they are running out Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Yu Darvish.
There is a chance that all of those pitchers could go eight innings and give up two runs or less and no one would even blink an eye.
They will probably just cycle through those three guys all this series, which will leave the likes of Alex Wood to get some work out of the bullpen.
Edge: Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers get the edge here, and it’s really not close. That rotation is dominant and their bullpen is really solid too.
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If Robbie Ray wouldn’t have been wasted in the wild card game I might feel a bit different but he was and the Diamondbacks pitching is going to struggle early on in this series.
I think the difference in this series will be the pitching and the Dodgers will dominant in that category. The Diamondbacks will win one of the home games, but that’s it.
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