May 15, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger (35) reacts after scoring a run off a two run RBI double hit by second baseman Gavin Lux (9) against the Philadelphia Phillies during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
- The Dodgers vs Diamondbacks odds favor LA as -200 moneyline favorites on Tuesday in the first game of a double-header (May 17, 3:10 pm ET)
- Arizona will send Tyler Gilbert to the mound (2-3, 2.96 ERA), while LA is likely to counter with rookie Ryan Pepiot (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
- Read below for the Dodgers vs Diamondbacks odds, analysis and betting prediction
Right now is not the ideal time for the Dodgers to be playing a double-header, but that’s the hand they’ve been dealt on Tuesday. Los Angeles has been decimated by injuries to both its starting pitchers and relievers, and will have to get creative in their twin bill against the Diamondbacks.
Fortunately for the Dodgers, their potent lineup is capable of covering up any shortcomings they may endure on the mound.
Diamondbacks vs Dodgers Odds
|Arizona Diamondbacks||+170||+1.5 (-105)||O 9 (-110)|
|LA Dodgers||-200||-1.5 (-115)||U 9 (-110)|
Odds as of May 17th at Caesars Sportsbook.
LA opened as -200 moneyline favorites in the first game, in a contest that features a total of 9 runs. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10pm ET at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA, with sunshine and 72-degree temperatures in the forecast.
Los Angeles vs Arizona Probable Pitchers
LA remains the top contender in the World Series odds, despite all of its injured arms. Clayton Kershaw and Andrew Heaney are currently on the injured list, as are a long list of others. That’s forced Dave Roberts to roll with rookie Ryan Pepiot on Tuesday, who’ll make just his second career start.
Pepiot made his MLB debut last Wednesday versus Pittsburgh but didn’t factor into the decision. He allowed just a single hit over 3 innings, but struggled with his control yielding five walks. As we’ll discuss later, Arizona is not a lineup to fear but a lengthy outing from Pepiot is unlikley.
We should see plenty of the Dodgers bullpen as a result, which owns the sixth lowest ERA and 10th highest strand rate in baseball.
Gilbert vs Pepiot
Arizona will counter with left-hander Tyler Gilbert, who’ll make just his second start of the season. The 28-year-old has alternated between the bullpen and starting rotation over his two big league seasons, exceeding 5.1 innings on just one occasion.
He has little history against this Dodgers lineup, facing them just once during a 3 inning relief appearance last month. He allowed a run and two hits in that outing, highlighted by this Will Smith home run.
Oh my, Will Smith!
His second home run of the season travels 404 feet!#ProCards
— Louisville Baseball Alumni Report (@Lvillebsblalum) April 26, 2022
Dodgers vs Diamondbacks Betting Analysis
In Gilbert’s defense however, LA has beaten up nearly every pitcher they’ve faced in 2022. The Dodgers lead MLB in runs per game, while ranking second in slugging and OPS. They’ve crossed the plate at least six times in seven of their past 11 outings, and 15 times overall in 33 games.
Stay hot, @mookiebetts. pic.twitter.com/BVXZMQrapa
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 15, 2022
You could make an All-Star case for nearly every batter in their lineup, while three of those stars, Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts and Trea Turner all rank inside the top-nine among NL MVP odds contenders.
The Diamondbacks meanwhile, enter play averaging only 3.5 runs per contest, while boasting the second lowest batting average in baseball. They rank bottom-eight in MLB in slugging and OPS, and have exceeded four runs just once in their past nine contests.
LAD vs ARI Last 10 Meetings
|Date||Away Team||Home Team||Score|
Dodgers vs Diamondbacks Pick
Forced to play another game without a reliable starter, look for the LA bats to stay hot. Gilbert simply doesn’t possess the kind of stuff that can cool the Dodgers bats, and once he’s out of the game, LA should feast on Arizona’s 28th ranked bullpen.
The Dodgers are an NL best 12-5 at home this season and have owned the Diamondbacks over the past two seasons. They’re 9-3 against Arizona over their past 12 meetings, with eight of those victories coming by at least two runs.
Pick: LA Dodgers -1.5 (-115)
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