The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking to continue their winning streak, while simultaneously continuing the Los Angeles Dodgers losing streak.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are facing the Los Angeles Dodgers once again, but this time, the Dodgers look a little less like the juggernaut they were a few weeks ago.
Not only have the Dodgers lost their last two games, but they’ve lost four of their last eight.
Clayton Kershaw is injured with a return coming later this week. Yu Darvish returned from the DL in Sunday’s loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Alex Wood recently moved to the 10-day DL with a shoulder injury while Brandon McCarthy is still struggling with a blister problem.
Critics are accusing the Dodgers of moving pitchers to short-term DL to rest them without giving up a roster spot. But, if they aren’t coming back in dominant fashion, the rest isn’t working.
Also in doing so, the Dodgers are entering a matchup against the Diamondbacks without their top three pitchers.
The last time the Diamondbacks faced the Dodgers, the team dropped two out of three, but not without a fight and not without some intensity.
Game 1: Rich Hill vs. Zack Godley
Rich Hill is coming off of his nine-inning loss in which he lost the perfect game in the ninth and lost the no-hitter in the tenth on a walkoff home run. With the day off, Hill is on five full days of rest.
Zack Godley is coming off of three straight losses and trying to reclaim his almost dominant performances from a month ago. Godley earned a no-decision in his last outing against the Dodgers.
Godley (3.15 ERA) has the slightly lower ERA than Hill (3.22 ERA), despite having a 5-7 record to Hill’s 9-5, but Godley has also earned 124 strikeouts to Hill’s 122.
The Diamondbacks offense didn’t look fantastic against the Giants, until the eighth inning on Sunday when they scored nine runs, including back-to-back-to-back home runs.
But, in the series sweep, the Diamondbacks hit seven home runs total, including three from J.D. Martinez and two from Paul Goldschmidt.