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Dodgers looking to Chase Field to cure their offensive woes

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As has been the case for most of this season, the Dodgers' offense is the squeaky wheel, hoping that Chase Field supplies the grease heading into their three-game series against the Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers have averaged 5.52 runs per game in Arizona since the start of 2014, including 10 games scoring six or more runs, winning 11 of 17 games in Phoenix.

Adrian Gonzalez, who hit a home run and a double on Saturday in San Francisco, is a career .337/.414/.629 hitter with 21 home runs, 15 doubles and 64 RBI in 74 games at Chase Field. Since joining the Dodgers in 2012, Gonzalez has been even better, hitting .378/.457/.653 with eight home runs, five doubles, 27 RBI in 29 games, including 13 multi-hit games.

Justin Turner hit a game-winning home run on Friday, doubled on Saturday, and was robbed of an RBI double in tthe first inning Sunday on a diving catch by Mac Williamson in San Francisco. Since joining the Dodgers, Tuner is 13-for-37 (.351) in Arizona with three doubles, five walks and was hit by a pitch twice (.455 on-base percentage).

Chase Field has also been kind to Corey Seager, who followed up his six-homer week with four singles in 19 at-bats (.211) last week. In three games in Arizona in his opening month last September, Seager was 5-for-9 (.556) with a home run, a double and five walks.

That home run, last Sept. 12, was Seager's first career home run, and it came in a four-hit game, his career high to date.

Joc Pederson, who homered for the Dodgers' only run on Sunday in San Francisco, is 11-for-31 (.351) with three home runs, a double and two walks in his nine games at Chase Field, including seven starts.

In non-Chase Field thoughts, Scott Van Slyke gets the start in left field, just his third start in 10 games since getting activated from the disabled list on June 3. Van Slyke is 1-for-18 (.056) this season with a double and twice has been hit by a pitch.

On the other side, Paul Goldschmidt is heating up again after a four-week slump in April and May. The first baseman has a seven-game hitting streak and has reached base in each of his last 17 games. Since his OPS dipped to .829 on May 26, Goldschmidt is 23-for-56, hitting .411/.515/.679 with three home runs and six doubles in his last 16 games.

Goldschmidt has always killed the Dodgers, hitting .330/.396/.611 with 22 home runs and 65 RBI in 79 career games. These two teams haven't faced each other in two months, but amazingly in their three games in Los Angeles in April, Goldschmidt was 1-for-12 (.083) with a walk. The one hit, naturally, was a home run.

Zack Greinke, who hit .249/.300/.357 with three home runs and 13 walks in his three years as a Dodger including a Silver Slugger Award in 2013, is 8-for-29 with a double and a walk so far with Arizona, hitting .276/.290/.310.

Greinke bats eighth on Monday, the 14th time a Dodgers opponent has batted their pitcher eighth this year. It happened 10 times in the first 18 games of the season, including all three games against Arizona, but tonight is just the fourth time in 47 games since.