We are closing in on the midway point of September, the final month of the MLB regular season, and the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves six games out in the NL West and one game out in the NL Wild Card. The Dodgers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday night at 9:40 PM ET at Chase Field in the hopes of catching the Giants in the West.
Dodgers Try to Climb Back Into NL West Race
Aaron Harang will take the mound Wednesday night for the Dodgers in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. Harang will try to get the Dodgers back in the win column and one game closer to the Giants in the West or the Cardinals in the Wild Card. The Dodgers have struggled of late, going 4-6 in their last 10 games and have lost two straight. They had a golden opportunity to tie the Cardinals for a Wild Card spot Tuesday night but could not push a run across in a 1-0 loss to Arizona.
Arizona Aims to Play Spoiler to Dodgers in NL West and Wild Card Races
Arizona is five back in the NL Wild Card race and all but dead in the NL West race so their goal right now is to play the role of spoiler to teams that have a legitimate chance at making the playoffs. Following a 1-0 win over the Dodgers at home Tuesday night, Trevor Cahill will toe the rubber for Arizona Wednesday in the hopes of sweeping this short, two-game series with their division rivals.
Bodog.ca, one of the premier online sportsbooks, has the Los Angeles Dodgers as slight favorites over the host Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night September 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM ET. In this battle of NL West rivals, Bodog has the Dodgers and Aaron Harang at +115 in the moneyline and the over/under is set at nine runs, with the over going to the Dodgers.
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