David Peralta back batting leadoff for Arizona on Friday

Ruben Hill
April 19, 2018

A familiar foe, the Los Angeles Dodgers are no stranger to the depth of Arizona's pitching.

Last season in the playoffs, the Diamondbacks were swept out of the postseason by the Dodgers.

The Dodgers might be off to a disappointing 4-7 start to the season, but they have reason for optimism in the upcoming series. The team has lost 7.5 units for moneyline bettors and 5.2 units against the spread (ATS). Walker will face Los Angeles for the second time this season. Grandal has four multi-hit games in 2018 and has been the most consistent bat for the Dodgers.

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Godley throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in San Francisco. He fell to 1-6 all-time against the Diamondbacks. He only gave up two hits, walked one and struck out four batters.

Arizona are 7-2 in their last 9 overall and Arizona are 7-2 in their last 9 games on grass and under is 18-8-4 in Greinke's last 30 on grass. He made four starts against Los Angeles in 2017 and compiled a 1-2 record against the Dodgers with a 3.65 ERA and 24 strikeouts. Former Dodger Zack Greinke will take the hill for the Diamondbacks squaring off against Kenta Maeda and the Dodgers (-130). He made five starts against Arizona a year ago and assembled a 0-2 record with a 7.36 ERA and 28 strikeouts. He is 4-4 lifetime against Los Angeles with a 3.74 ERA in 11 starts. The bullpen has a 4.50 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 8.2 K/9.

While the Diamondbacks have their four series victories, the Dodgers have yet to win one, although slow starts have been common for them the past two seasons.

The Los Angeles offense is putting up 3.5 runs per contest, including 3.4 per game over its last five.

Game 2 - Saturday, April 14. Ketael Marte gave Arizona three hits, two runs and an RBI and Daniel Descalso drove in a run and scored. Both of Hill's starts this year have come against San Francisco and he is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA. Greinke comes off of a 5-3 defeat at St. Louis with all five runs allowed on nine hits over five frames.

"We're confident, but there's a lot of games to go", Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt said, according to the Arizona Republic, after connecting on four extra-base hits in the Diamondbacks' just-completed series at San Francisco.

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