Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction, Preview and Odds - 05/18/2022

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 4:10 pm ET, Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Venue:  Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Where to Watch:  MLB Network

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  D-backs +240, Dodgers -305; Over/Under:  8.5 runs
Bet365:  Moneyline odds:  D-backs +235, Dodgers -290; Over/Under:  8 runs
BetMGM:  Moneyline odds:  D-backs +240, Dodgers -300; Over/Under:  8.5 runs
 

Season Record

Arizona Diamondbacks:  18-18 (4th place, NL West)
Los Angeles Dodgers:  22-12 (1st place, NL West)
 
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Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Arizona Diamondbacks:  5-5 last 10
Los Angeles Dodgers:  5-5 last 10
 
 
 

Arizona Diamondbacks Analysis

The Diamondbacks are coming into this game with a 18-18 record overall and they are 8-7 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have lost 4 of their last 5 games and are coming into this one on a 3 game losing streak. They just lost their 3-game series against the Chicago Cubs 2-1 and they are playing the series finale of a 4-game series with the Dodgers on Wednesday. This will be the 4th game of the series on Wednesday with the 2nd and 3rd games both still to be played on Monday as they are having a double-header on that day. Merrill Kelly is the starting pitcher for them in game 2 on Tuesday while Zach Davies is on the mound for them here on Wednesday. He is 2-1 with a 3.57 ERA this season. His team lost 2 of their last 3 games this season with him as a starter. In his last start, he allowed 3 ER, 0 HRs, and 2 BB with 6 Ks on 4 hits in 5.2 IP against the Chicago Cubs. They scored 8 runs in their last series averaging just under 3 runs scored per game in that span and they allowed 10 runs against them averaging just over 3 runs allowed per game.
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Analysis

The Dodgers are coming into this game with a 22-12 record overall and they are 12-5 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are coming into this game on a 2 game winning streak. They just lost their 4-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 and they are playing the series finale of a 4-game series with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. This will be the 4th game of the series on Wednesday with the 2nd and 3rd games both still to be played on Monday as they are having a double-header on that day. Tyler Anderson is the starting pitcher for them in game 2 on Tuesday while Walker Buehler is on the mound for them here on Wednesday. He is 4-1 with a 2.81 ERA this season. His team won 3 of their last 4 games this season with him as a starter. In his last start, he allowed 5 earned runs, 1 homer, and 1 BB with 3 strikeouts on 9 hits in 5 innings played against the Philadelphia Phillies. They scored 25 runs in their last series averaging just over 6 runs scored per game in that span and they allowed 33 runs against them averaging just over 8 runs allowed per game.
 

 

Diamondbacks vs Dodgers Prediction

The Dodgers are coming into this game in the middle of a slump recently as they have been losing a lot of games and series to some bad teams. They have not been playing well but their team is too good to keep playing like this and they will start to get back in their rhythm sooner or later. They are going up against a D-backs team that has been playing very well recently and was not expected to be playing as well as they have been in their games. The Dodgers still have the advantage here though as they are at home and their bats could wake up at anytime now that they have been in their slump for a few series now. They also have Buehler starting here and he has been great with his pitching both this season and last season. He will keep up his great pitching in this game and Davies, who is starting for the D-backs, has not been great this season and is not even one of the better starters on this D-backs rotation. The Dodgers will get to him here and their bats should wake up scoring some runs in this game. Their pitching should also be a lot better here and should give them the edge with Buehler over the Diamondbacks. The best bet here is on the Dodgers to win on the runline.
 
Diamondbacks Dodgers Prediction:  Our MLB Pick for Wednesday, May 18, 2022 (4:10 pm ET start time) is Dodgers 4 Diamondbacks 1.
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MLB Betting Trends

 
Arizona Diamondbacks: 95-163 (-42 Units) ML in all games. 37-89 (-34.6 Units) ML in road games. 22-13 UNDER in all games.
Los Angeles Dodgers: 190-96 (+20.4 Units) ML in all games. 97-39 (+17.4 Units) ML in home games. 8-4 UNDER against division opponents.
 

Key Injuries

 
Arizona Diamondbacks:  C. Kelly (C) Late May - Oblique. J. Wendelken (RP) Out indefinitely - Undisclosed. N. Ahmed (SS) Out indefinitely - Illness.
Los Angeles Dodgers:  C. Kershaw (SP) Late May - Pelvis. J. Nelson (RP) Out indefinitely - Elbow. D. Duffy (SP) Early July - Hand.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
"This team, we've got a good heartbeat. We won't shut down." - Torey Lovullo after his team’s loss against the Dodgers on Monday.
 
 
"In terms of his maturation as a big league starter, this was a defining moment. We needed it, and he came through big." - Dave Roberts after his team’s win against the Diamondbacks on Monday.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Daulton Varsho (L) C
Josh Rojas (L) 3B
Pavin Smith (L) RF
Christian Walker (R) 1B
David Peralta (L) LF
Cooper Hummel (S) DH
Alek Thomas (L) CF
Geraldo Perdomo (S) SS
Jake Hager (R) 2B
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Mookie Betts (R) RF
Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
Trea Turner (R) SS
Will Smith (R) C
Max Muncy (L) DH
Justin Turner (R) 3B
Cody Bellinger (L) CF
Chris Taylor (R) LF
Hanser Alberto (R) 2B
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Batting Average:  Alek Thomas (.292)
Hits:  Daulton Varsho (29)
Home Runs:  Christian Walker (7)
RBI:  Daulton Varsho (16)
Stolen Bases:  Daulton Varsho (3)
Wins:  Merrill Kelly (3)
Saves:  Mark Melancon (7)
ERA:  Carson Kelly (0.00)
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Batting Average:  Freddie Freeman (.299)
Hits:  Freddie Freeman (38)
Home Runs:  Mookie Betts (7)
RBI:  Justin Turner (23)
Stolen Bases:  Trea Turner (6)
Wins:  Clayton Kershaw (4)
Saves:  Craig Kimbrel (6)
ERA:  Andrew Heaney (0.00)
 
Managers:
Arizona Diamondbacks: Torey Lovullo (6th season)
Los Angeles Dodgers: Dave Roberts (7th season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

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Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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