Tom Stryker’s Free Baseball Play July 30th


#909 LA DODGERS with Gonsolin (-180) over Arizona with Gallen at 9:40 PM EST
After suffering a series loss to the Giants that included a 5-0 beating in yesterday’s rubber match, the Dodgers will travel to the desert on Friday and destroy this pathetic Diamondbacks bunch. Arizona has dropped 31 of 42 division games this season and manager Torey Lovullo’s troops will be in serious trouble here.

Hitting the hill for LA will be right-hander Tony Gonsolin. In his last three outings against the Rockies, Giants, and Diamondbacks, No. 26 was tripped for only four earned runs and 11 hits in 12.2 innings. Gonsolin whiffed 16 and walked seven on his way to a 1-1 tally with a strong 2.84 ERA. Pitching on the road has worked out well for Tony too. On foreign soil, Gonsolin has surrendered only six earned runs and 16 hits in 20.1 frames. That adds up to a 1-0 record and a stunning 1.98 ERA.

Righty Zac Gallen takes the bump for the D’Backs. Since June 17th, No. 23 has made six stars for ‘Zona and been smoked for 18 earned runs and 27 hits in 24.0 frames. Gallen struck out 29 and walked 12 on his way to a stiff 0-4 mark with a weak 6.75 ERA. It should be noted that the Diamondbacks are 0-6 in those six battles. Overall, Zac has made 11 starts for ‘Zona and been racked for 27 earned runs and 45 hits in 50.2 innings. That adds up to a dismal 1-5 record and a feeble 4.80 ERA.

An abundance of highly profitable team trends back this diamond investment. Los Angeles has won 42 of its last 53 when facing a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage less than .400, 63 of its last 91 after scoring two runs or less in its last game, 42 of its last 62 in the first game of a series, and 66 of its last 97 when priced as road chalk. On the flip side of Chase Field, Arizona has fallen in 35 of its last 52 when fighting a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage greater than .600, 11 of its last 15 when coming off a win, 48 of its last 65 against NL West opposition, and 53 of its last 63 when priced as an underdog.

Minus the services of All-Star third baseman Eduardo Escobar (22 HR and 65 RBI’s), the Diamondbacks offense is going to have trouble pushing runs across the plate. Rest assured, the Dodgers won’t especially after Thursday’s shutout loss. Take Los Angeles with Gonsolin. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.

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