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Preview: Diamondbacks (44-57) at Dodgers (55-47)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Dodger Stadium
Date: May 07, 2013 10:10 PM EDT
  

It's still early, but the injury-riddled Los Angeles Dodgers are sitting at the bottom of the NL West as one of the biggest disappointments in baseball.

Pitching may be the biggest culprit of late, but Josh Beckett hasn't been of much help all season.

Beckett looks to halt his worst start to a season and snap the Dodgers' latest slide as they face the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Despite having the highest payroll in baseball at nearly $221 million, Los Angeles (13-18) is a season-worst five games under .500 after losing five straight - one shy of its season high April 14-20.

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Injuries are partly to blame. The Dodgers' disabled list includes shortstop Hanley Ramirez, second baseman Mark Ellis and starters Zack Greinke, Ted Lilly, Stephen Fife and Chad Billingsley, who is out for the season following elbow surgery.

The injuries to the rotation may be taking a toll since the starters have a 7.66 ERA over the last five games. Chris Capuano turned in the latest dismal effort, surrendering six runs in four innings of Monday's 9-2 loss in the opener of this three-game series with Arizona (17-15).

The Dodgers hope Beckett (0-4, 5.24 ERA) can end the current losing streak, but he's winless through his first six starts for the first time in his 13-year career.

Beckett has been particularly bad over his past three outings, posting a 7.80 ERA while allowing 20 hits and eight walks in 15 innings. He surrendered five runs in a season-low four innings of a 7-3 loss to Colorado on Wednesday.

"I've just got to get back to work, figure something out," said Beckett, among the Dodgers' highest-paid players at $17 million this year. "That's what this business is all about. I can't just go out and keep pitching like (this)."

His best performance of the season came at Arizona on April 14, but he allowed a walkoff RBI single to Paul Goldschmidt with one out in the ninth inning to lose 1-0.

Goldschmidt had four hits Monday with a homer and three RBIs. The first baseman is 8 for 16 in four meetings with the Dodgers this season, and he's batted .391 with three homers and nine RBIs in 12 career games at Chavez Ravine.

Like Beckett, Brandon McCarthy (0-3, 7.22) is enduring his worst start to a season through six outings. His ERA and .351 opponents' batting average are among the worst in baseball.

The right-hander seemed headed for his first win in a Diamondbacks uniform Wednesday, but the bullpen surrendered five runs in the final two innings of Wednesday's 9-6 loss to San Francisco. McCarthy gave up four runs and eight hits - two homers - before leaving after the sixth inning with a two-run lead.

"Overall, it was encouraging but there are little things I can do to smooth out the rough edges," McCarthy told the team's official website. "The stuff is there, it's just making sure you put together the whole game plan."

McCarthy won his only career start against Los Angeles on June 19, yielding two hits in seven innings of a 3-0 win with Oakland.

Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez (sore neck) was in the starting lineup Monday for the first time in four games and had two hits. He's 8 for 15 versus Arizona this season.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Diamondbacks at Dodgers
Mon, May 6 Final 9 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Diamondbacks at Dodgers
Tue, May 7 Final 5 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Diamondbacks at Dodgers
Wed, May 8 Final 3 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ARI  +106   -220   7.5 
 LAD  -116   +180   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ARI  +110   -200   7.5 
 LAD  -120   +170   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ARI  41%   11%   75% 
 LAD  59%   89%   25% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 9 Cover: +100 
 LAD 2 Over: 11 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAD 0 Under: 1 
 ARI 1 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 13, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAD 7 Cover: +115 
 ARI 5 Over: 12 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAD 0 Under: 3 
 ARI 3 Cover: +140 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Mar 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 5 Cover: +110 
 LAD 3 Over: 8 
 Tools:   Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Tuesday, May 7
 
    Royals at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    White Sox at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    Rangers at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
    Angels at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Yankees at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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