Hot-hitting Trea Turner will be looking to extend his 11-game hitting streak as the Los Angeles Dodgers (98-43) match up against the Arizona Diamondbacks (66-75) at Chase Field on Wednesday with the visitors looking to sweep the three-game series. The Dodgers lead the series 2-0 after winning 4-0 on Tuesday, their 10th straight head-to-head victory and 11th in 13 games this season. Clayton Kershaw threw seven scoreless innings to get the win. Max Muncy was 2 for 3 with a home run and two runs in the win. Freddie Freeman added a solo home run. Emmanuel Rivera went 1 for 3 for the Diamondbacks.
ON THE MOUND
Michael Grove (0-0, 5.79 ERA) is in line for the start for Los Angeles. The right-hander allowed two runs over 4.2 innings in his last start, a 3-2 road win over the Marlins on August 29. He yielded five hits while striking out four and walking one in the no-decision. For Arizona, RHP Zach Davies (2-4, 3.74 ERA) is on the mound. He has made three appearances against the Dodgers this season, all as the starter, giving up 11 runs over 13.1 innings (0-2, 7.43) with 10 strikeouts and six walks. In his last start on Friday, Davies took a no-decision on the road against the Rockies. He threw 3.2 innings and gave up six runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking three in the 13-10 loss.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Los Angeles has averaged 6.6 runs a game, up from their season average of 5.4, due in part to improved slugging (.522 vs .455). Against right-handed pitchers like Davies this season, the Dodgers have a .795 OPS, highest in MLB. Freeman is the team’s strongest performer against right-handers with a .972 OPS in 385 at-bats. Arizona is averaging 4.6 runs per game in the last five, up slightly from 4.4 for the season. The D-backs have a .708 OPS against right-handers in 2022. With a .814 OPS over 363 at-bats, Daulton Varsho has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Los Angeles is on a four-game winning streak away from Dodger Stadium, bringing their record to 49-25 in 2022. The Dodgers have scored 5.4 runs per game away from home, while allowing 3.0 runs. Arizona has gone 37-36 at their home ballpark this season, averaging 4.5 runs per game while surrendering 4.5. In the last 10 games at Chase Field between the NL West rivals, Los Angeles is 8-2 with an average scoreline of 4.7-1.6.
The Dodgers lead the NL West by 20 games over the Padres. Their magic number to clinch the division is one. The Diamondbacks are fourth in the NL West, 32 games behind the Dodgers. They are sixth in the Wild Card race, 11 games out of a postseason position.
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Los Angeles Dodgers
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