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Dodgers look for Betts to stay hot against Diamondbacks

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. The Dodgers won 11 of 19 meetings with the Diamondbacks last season, and the key was offense: Los Angeles hit 35 home runs and slugged .487, both of which were team bests in a season against Arizona.
  2. Los Angeles won at Houston in 13 innings yesterday, the longest game under the new extra-inning rule. The Dodgers went just 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position, but both hits came in extras: an RBI double by Mookie Betts in the 11th inning and a two-run homer by Edwin Rios in the 13th inning.
  3. Arizona is the only team in MLB that has yet to score 5+ runs in a game this season. The Diamondbacks rank last in the majors in home runs (1) and slugging percentage (.275) and 29th in runs per game (2.83), ahead of only the Rangers (2.60).
  4. In his first start of the season, Ross Stripling went seven innings, his longest outing since April 14, 2019 (8.0). Left-handed batters were 1-for-17 (.059) with seven strikeouts against Stripling on Friday.
  5. Robbie Ray took the loss after going just 3.2 innings in his season debut on Saturday at San Diego. Prior to that, Ray's team had won his first start of the season in each of his six seasons. Ray has had more strikeouts than innings pitched in 14 straight starts against the Dodgers, the longest such streak by any pitcher against any team in the modern era.
  6. Mookie Betts has played just six career games against Arizona, but one of them was a four-hit, three-homer performance on August 14, 2016. Betts' 13 total bases in that game are tied with Ike Davis and Juan Uribe for the most by any player in a game against the Diamondbacks all-time.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/30/2020 thru 8/2/2020

The Los Angeles Dodgers squandered a two-run lead with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night in a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, but they walked away with a positive. They saw what their new superstar truly can do.

Mookie Betts hit his first home run in a Dodgers uniform, threw out a runner at third base trying to turn a double into a triple and drove in two runs in a stellar performance. With three hits, Betts raised his early season batting average 50 points from .206 to .256 in one night as he looks for consistency in the first weeks of his Dodgers career.

Betts figures to be back in the lineup Saturday when the Dodgers and Diamondbacks play the third game of a four-game series in Phoenix.

"I think I was just searching and trying to find the right mechanics for my swing," Betts said when asked about his slow start. "It's kind of tough, with everything going on, it's kind of hard to get enough good work in but fortunately I was able to put together a good game."

Betts said he didn't feel pressure to perform for his new team but rather wasn't mechanically sound.

"With a guy like Mookie, you really can't tell if he's pressing because his demeanor is so consistent," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

The Dodgers turn to left-hander Julio Urias for his second start of the season on Saturday night. Urias got a no-decision in his first game, a 3-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on July 26, going five innings with three strikeouts, three walks and allowing an earned run on five hits.

Urias has made 29 career starts with 35 relief appearances, but this season appears to be firmly entrenched in the Dodgers' starting rotation. After three relief appearances and a 1-1 record in his career against Arizona, the 23-year-old will start against the Diamondbacks for the first time.

The Dodgers got good news on Friday with the announcement that star left-hander Clayton Kershaw will start Sunday's game at Arizona, his 2020 debut after being scratched from the season opener on July 23. Kershaw dealt with back stiffness but got through bullpen sessions with no setbacks, allowing Los Angeles to activate him from the injured list.

The Diamondbacks hope to build off of Friday's comeback win. Manager Torey Lovullo called it a "push" win that could help jump start the team into better results.

Until a four-run rally in the eighth inning that led to the win, the Diamondbacks had struggled with runners in scoring position in the series.

"These guys aren't trying to make mistakes in any part of the game," Lovullo said. "I focus more on their effort and as long as they're giving a great effort and doing what they can, I'm going to run with the good and bad moments."

Right-hander Luke Weaver is scheduled to pitch Saturday for Arizona. Weaver (0-1) took the loss in his 2020 debut Monday against the San Diego Padres, allowing six runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings.

Weaver was limited to 12 starts due to a right forearm injury last season, and finished 4-3 with a 2.94 ERA. He made just one start against the Dodgers in 2019 and got a no-decision.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 1, 2020

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