July 5 Prediction: Wood Puts His Winning Streak to the Test Against Godley

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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Wood (9-0, 1.83 ERA) is riding a 9-game winning streak ahead of his match against Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zack Godley (3-2, 2.67 ERA).

 

Pitchers

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Alex Wood, Photo Credit: MLB

 

Wood hasn’t given up more than a single run since June 10 against the Cincinnati Reds. His last game against the San Diego Padres also showcased his dominance throughout the season, he had eight strikeouts while allowing a measly two hits and three walks in six innings.

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Zack Godley, Photo Credit: MLB

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On the other hand, Godley hasn’t allowed more than three runs throughout this season so far. He had seven strikeouts while allowing three runs and three walks with two hits in a loss against the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

Batters

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Dodgers’ Batters vs Godley, Photo Credit: MLB

 

The Dodgers’ batters are led by Corey Seager (.300/.399/.512) with a .911 OPS and Justin Turner (.384/.472/.569) with a 1.042 OPS. However, Seager didn’t have a good game against the D-backs after three strikeouts and no runs in four turns at bat. On the other hand, Turner (.143/.400/.571) has been disappointing so far in July.

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From left to right: Corey Seager and Justin Turner, Photo Credit: Dodger Blue

 

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D-backs’ Batters vs Wood, Photo Credit: MLB

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As for the D-backs, they have multiple batters who could show up at any time but Paul Goldschmidt (.315/.435/.587, 1.022 OPS) and Brandon Drury (.286/.331/.466, .797 OPS) have been stable presences in their last game against the Dodgers. Goldschmidt (.315/.435/.587) and Drury (.286/.330/.462) each had one run in four turns at bat.

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From left to right: Brandon Drury, Jake Lamb, Paul Goldschmidt, Photo Credit: Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports

 

Prediction

Both teams have been neck and neck in offense and defense. Arizona has had more hits (.264 AVG vs Dodgers’ .257 AVG) while the Dodgers had more success at getting bases (.343 OBP vs D-backs’ .332 OBP) on offense. Defensively, L.A. has a 3.22 ERA with the D-backs close on their trails a 3.39 ERA.

However, Wood has been performing well lately. He had four straight games with no runs last May and three straight games with only one run last month. Godley would definitely have his hands full if he can’t keep up with Wood, who recently became the first Dodger to have a 9-0 record start since Rick Rhoden in 1976.

Projected Winner: Los Angeles Dodgers

 

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