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Diamondbacks Series Preview: Taking On the Dodgers

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Sep 21, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed (13) throws to first as Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (26) is out on a double play in the fifth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium. Diamondbacks won 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 21, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed (13) throws to first as Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (26) is out on a double play in the fifth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium. Diamondbacks won 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Pitching Matchups:

Tuesday: Patrick Corbin (0-1, 5.14 ERA) vs. Kenta Maeda (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Wednesday: Rubby De La Rosa (0-1, 12.46 ERA) vs. Alex Wood (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

Thursday: Robbie Ray (0-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. Ross Stripling (0-0, 1.23 ERA)

Following a less-than-impressive outing from Patrick Corbin last week, Arizona again finds themselves with their backs against the wall. Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner—perhaps the Dodgers’ two most potent offensive contributors—have had Corbin’s number throughout his career. Gonzalez, across thirteen at-bats, has hit .308 off the southpaw, while Turner has hit a whopping .500 in ten at-bats.

For the Dodgers, Kenta Maeda will take the hill on Tuesday afternoon’s game. Maeda had a phenomenal debut against the Padres last week, pitching six scoreless innings and even hitting a home run.

Fortunately for the Diamondbacks, Los Angeles has had less luck against the series’ second starter, Rubby De la Rosa. Adrian Gonzalez has only been able to muster a .200 average against De la Rosa, while Justin Turner sits at a fair .250 mark. As for the Dodgers, Alex Wood has not fared well against Arizona during his short time in Los Angeles. Paul Goldschmidt, Welington Castillo, and Chris Owings hold a .444, .400, and .375 career batting average respectively against the southpaw.

Impressive youngsters Robbie Ray and Ross Stripling will battle it out for the third and final game of the series. Stripling flirted with history in his major league debut against the Giants, pitching 7.1 innings of hitless baseball before manager Dave Roberts decided to pull the plug on the rookie as he hit the 100-pitch mark.

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