The Coach's MLB Late Show S-P-E-C-I-A-L

The Coach's MLB Late Show S-P-E-C-I-A-L

LA Dodgers vs. Arizona, 07/01/2015 21:40 EDT, Score: 4 - 3

Money Line: +129 Arizona

Sportsbook: 5Dimes

Result: Loss

The Arizona Diamondbacks host the Dodgers in the final game of this three game series at Chase Field tonight. The Dodgers won in extra-innings last night, evening the series at 1-1, but I don't fancy their chances here in the rubber match with their fifth starter on the mound.

Here are my keys to the game:

1. Pitching - Brett Anderson will be on the hill for the Dodgers, and he hasn't been very successful in previous meetings with Arizona. The southpaw gave up three runs on five hits over six innings in a no-decision in his only start in Arizona this season, and he's 0-1 with a 3.91 ERA in four career starts against the D'Backs. Arizona will counter with rookie Robbie Ray, who has posted an impressive 1.98 ERA in his six starts so far.

2. Paul Goldschmidt - The Arizona slugger is batting a major league best .354 with 20 home runs and 65 RBIs, and he's owned Anderson in previous meetings. Goldy is batting .636 with a pair of home runs and five RBIs lifetime versus the lefty.

3. X-Factor - The Dodgers are 2-5 in Anderson's last seven starts on the road, and only the Phillies have fewer road wins than LA in the major leagues.

Selection: This is a play on the Arizona Diamondbacks (10*)

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