On Thursday, the Arizona Diamondbacks will face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. The two NL West squads will start a four-game series to kick off MLB’s Opening Day.
The Dodgers will look to win the division for the tenth time in 11 seasons, while the Dbacks will try to improve on a 74-win campaign in 2022. Los Angeles will send Julio Urias to the bump, while Arizona will counter with Zac Gallen.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. LA Dodgers Betting Odds
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Odds are courtesy of BetMGM Sportsbook
Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers Match Details
Fixture: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Date and Time: Thursday, March 30, 2023, at 10:10 PM ET
Venue: Dodgers Stadium
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. LA Dodgers Pitching Matchup
Zac Gallen was among the best pitchers in the Nation League last season, posting a 2.54 ERA and 0.913 WHIP in 184 innings. He finished fifth in Cy Young Award voting and even put together a stretch of 44.1 scoreless innings in the middle of the season. More importantly, he has shown little difference in his home and road splits and is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in six starts during the first month of the season.
Gallen started twice last season against the Dodgers, surrendering just one run in 14 innings of work with a stunning 0.429 WHIP. He owns a 2.10 ERA at Dodgers Stadium for his career but remains winless in those four starts.
Julio Urias will get the nod on opening day for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and deservingly so, considering he finished third in Cy Young voting in 2022. The lefty was spectacular, posting a league-best 194 ERA+. He also went 17-7 with a 2.16 ERA and 0.960 WHIP. It was his second consecutive season finishing in the top ten in Cy Young Award voting.
Urias is slightly worse pitching in his home ballpark, but he still has a beautiful 2.95 ERA at Dodgers Stadium. He is a career 6-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 16 games during the season’s first month. He has downright dominated the Dbacks in his career, going 7-1 with a 1.71 ERA in 52 innings.
Like Gallen, he owned his upcoming opponent last season but remained winless, although he had a 0.79 ERA in 11 innings pitched.
Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers Prediction
Zac Gallen is a bonafide ace looking to build on a career year in 2022. Julio Urias is a bonafide ace looking to build on a career year in 2022. I don’t care what Vegas set the line at, so give me the under on the total.