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The Los Angeles Dodgers are leading the National League with a 42-19 record, riding a six-game winning streak and suffering just three losses in their last 19 outings. The Dodgers outlasted the Diamondbacks 3-1 last night to open a three-game series at Chase Field in Phoenix. The D-backs lost 11 of their last 16 games overall and eight of their previous 13 showings at home.
The Dodgers will have an advantage on the mound tonight, starting Hyun-Jin Ryu who’s 8-1 in 11 starts this season with a terrific 1.48 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. Ryu is 4-3 in his 14 starts against the D-backs with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP, while the Dodgers are 6-3 in his previous starts against Arizona. Rookie Taylor Clarke will get the ball for the D-backs, and he’s 1-1 in three starts and one relief appearance with a 4.67 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
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The Colorado Rockies are on an eight-game winning streak, improving to the 2nd spot of the NL West table 9.5 games behind the Dodgers and just half a game behind the wild-card spot.
However, the Rockies will have a tall task to extend their streak, visiting the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night. The Cubs lost eight of their last 11 games overall, but they won 12 of their previous 18 contests at home and are listed as -185 favorites against the Rockies.
Jeff Hoffman will get the starting nod for the Rockies, and he’s 1-1 in three starts this term with a 7.20 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. Hoffman is 7-10 in his career with a 6.01 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP, while the Rockies lost three of his last four starts on the road.
Kyle Hendricks will take the mound for the Cubs, and he’s 5-4 in 11 starts this season with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Hendricks is 57-37 in his career with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP, while the Cubs are 5-1 in his previous six starts.
The Philadelphia Phillies are topping the NL East with a 33-27 record, but they are on a five-game losing streak following an 8-2 defeat at San Diego last night. Also, it was the Phillies fifth straight loss on the road, while the Padres recorded their fifth win in the last seven outings at home.
The Phillies will start Jerad Eickhoff who’s 2-3 in eight starts this season with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, and they won five of Jerad’s last seven starts. Eickhoff is 3-0 in his four starts against the Padres with a 1.96 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. The Padres will counter with rookie Chris Paddack who’s 4-3 in ten starts with a 2.40 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.
Elsewhere, the Toronto Blue Jays will have a mountain to climb against the Yankees at home. The Blue Jays are riding a six-game losing streak and have won just one of their last 11 games overall, while they are 3-10 in the last ten outings at home. The Yankees have won 15 of their last 19 outings and seven of their last eight showings on the road.
The Oakland Athletics are on a five-game losing streak following ten straight wins, and the A’s visit the Los Angeles Angels tonight. The Angels have recorded seven wins in their last ten outings.
The Houston Astros will take on the Seattle Mariners, and the Astros have won 15 of their last 20 games overall including a 4-2 victory in the opener in Seattle last night. The Mariners have dropped 15 of their previous 18 outings.
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