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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Pick & Prediction SEP 15TH 2021

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In a Los Angeles Dodgers rotation with stars Walker Buehler and Max Scherzer, it is left-hander Julio Urias who leads the major leagues in wins.

Urias will get a chance to add another victory Wednesday night at home when he faces the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The game will come one day after the Dodgers (93-53) clinched their ninth consecutive playoff appearance with an 8-4 victory over the Diamondbacks.

This is the first time Urias, already in his sixth season, has been a starter for a full 162-game schedule, and he is making it count with a 17-3 record and a 2.98 ERA in 28 outings. He is one of 11 qualified major-league starters with an ERA under 3.00.

Urias figured to have confidence this season after becoming something of a Dodgers hero in last year's postseason.

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Urias finished the National League Championship Series clincher with three scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves. He followed that by throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings to clinch the team's World Series title in Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Urias last lost June 21 to the San Diego Padres and is 8-0 with a 1.79 ERA over 13 starts. And in two starts against the Diamondbacks in 2021, he is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.77 in 11 2/3 innings. Over seven lifetime appearances against Arizona (four starts), he is 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA.

"I just have to keep pitching," Urias said. "In previous years, I didn't have the opportunity to pitch every fifth day. I just had to wait for my next opportunity. I also think the confidence the team gives me is something that has me on the right path."

After Tuesday's game, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo named right-hander Merrill Kelly (7-9, 4.30) as his starter for Wednesday. Kelly will try to help the Diamondbacks (47-98) avoid a three-game sweep by the Dodgers. Arizona is just 2-13 against Los Angeles this season, including 1-8 at Dodger Stadium.

In six lifetime starts against the Dodgers, Kelly is 0-3 with a 4.15 ERA.

If there is any positive for Arizona to take out of its matchups with the defending World Series champs, it's that before Tuesday, eight of the 15 games between the teams had been decided by three runs or less, and three had been decided by a run.

On Tuesday, Arizona went with Ketel Marte as the starter at second base for the first time this season as Jake McCarthy got a chance to start in center field in just his 11th game and eighth start. Marte was primarily an infielder before moving to center field this season.

The old/new look on defense appeared to give him life on offense, as Marte hit a three-run home run Tuesday and finished with three hits.

"You might see it a couple more times," Lovullo said. "I wanted to see how Ketel would react as an infielder. He takes ground balls. He's played in several games there, and he's been making some subtle hints that he'd be interested in something like that. I listen. These guys think I'm not logged on, but I listen to a lot of things that are said in their vicinity."

The Diamondbacks lost rookie Seth Beer to a dislocated left shoulder Tuesday when he tried to make a diving stop at first base. Lovullo said no decision has been made if Beer will be placed on the injured list.

--Field Level Media

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Recap MAY 19TH 2021

Walker Buehler gave up one hit over seven scoreless innings and Albert Pujols drove in the eventual game-winning run in his debut with his new team as the host Los Angeles Dodgers earned a 3-1 victory Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Will Smith hit a home run for the Dodgers, who have won five of their last six games after a rough stretch when they lost 15 of 20.

Madison Bumgarner went four innings for the Diamondbacks, giving up two runs with four walks and left amid speculation that he was injured. After the game, manager Torey Lovullo announced that Bumgarner had a "left adductor spasm."

Arizona has now lost five of its last six games, while dropping the opener of a four-game series and seven-game road trip.

Pujols was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels on May 6 and officially signed with the Dodgers earlier Monday, getting the start at first base while batting in the cleanup spot.

Pujols flew out to left-center field against Bumgarner (4-3) in his first Dodgers at-bat in the first inning before he sent an RBI single to center field in the third that gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.

The Dodgers already had the early lead at that point when Smith hit a home run to left field in the second inning, his fourth of the season.

Buehler (2-0) gave up just an infield single in the first inning to go along with four walks and seven strikeouts. He walked the bases loaded with one out in the fourth inning but then retired the last 11 batters he faced. His victory came after five consecutive no-decisions.

After the Diamondbacks scored a run in the eighth inning on an Eduardo Escobar single that glanced off the glove of Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux, Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen recorded the last four outs for his eighth save.

Lux got the run back with an RBI single in the eighth inning.

Bumgarner's four walks came after he gave up just two combined in his last five starts. He entered off one of the best five-start runs of his decorated career when he posted a 0.90 ERA over his previous 30 innings with a .152 opponents' on-base percentage.

--Field Level Media

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