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National League West returns for another rivalry with the Los Angeles Dodgers heading into Phoenix to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. LA comes from a series loss to San Francisco, while Arizona split their series against Texas. Friday night, the game will have the Dodgers’ right hand Tony Gonsolin starts against
Huge Thursday night
It’s not every day you lose a game and still have a reason to celebrate the day. That’s because Thursday was a day unlike any other for the Dodgers, who somehow strode in and praised future Hall-of-Famer Max Scherzer (and All-Star shortstop Trea Turner) away from Padres in a deal with the Nationals. On the downside, they lost to the Giants, putting them three games behind them in NL West, even though they lead the wild card position by two and a half games.
Gonsolin made his season debut back on June 9 when he turned into an extremely shocking 1.2 innings, giving up five walks but only one earned run before being pulled. Since then, he has proven to be a far better pitcher as he has gone 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA in eight starts and 34 innings thrown. Over 21 innings thrown and five starts so far in July, Gonsolin has a 2.14 ERA. His last start is tied to his longest outing as he went in 5.1 pointless innings against the Rockies and only allowed two hits.
Arizona is taking small steps
Earlier this month, Arizona looked like one of the worst baseball teams in Major League history. They had just lost to San Francisco and were looking at an eerie 22-60 record, the worst in the league. They literally could not win or do much of anything right. Fast forward to now and the D-backs are 32-71, making them 10-11 in July, their best monthly record since April when they went 14-12. In fact, Arizona is 6-3 over its last nine games, one of their best stretches of the season.
Gallen is 1-5 with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 11 starts the season. He hit five starts in April and May before being put on the shelf with an elbow injury. Gallen returned from IL on June 17 and has gone six starts since, but has accumulated a 6.75 in 24 innings during this span. Gallen allows a .244 OBA at home, where he has a 4.35-ERA, but he does a little worse at night, where he has sent a 4.76-ERA in five starts this season.
The D-backs are 2-15 in their last 17 Friday games. The D-backs are 1-8 in their last 9 games after an off-day.
The Dodgers are 9-1 in their last 10 games against the D-backs. The Dodgers are 7-1 in their last 8 road games against the D-backs.