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The Dodgers play the Diamondbacks yet again

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

If you are getting sick of the Diamondbacks, it’s hard to blame you. The Dodgers host Arizona for two more games beginning Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, the fourth series these two teams have met this season.

Wednesday will be the Dodgers’ 36th game of the season, and the 12th time they will have played Arizona. This is unprecedented. Add in the 10 games against the Giants before the end of April and the bulk of the Dodgers’ schedule (61.1%) will have against only two teams this season.

They just keep playing each other

Year 12th game vs. AZ
Year 12th game vs. AZ
2018 36*
2017 113
2016 105
2015 80
2014 69
2013 90
2012 106
2011 113
2010 81
2009 132
2008 135
2007 111
2006 96
2005 81
2004 89
2003 104
2002 91
2001 71
*game of the Dodgers’ season

That they are 7-13 in those games so far goes a long way in explaining the Dodgers’ poor start to 2018.

The Dodgers haven’t yet played the Rockies, and they won’t until two weeks from now. This is odd.

Since 2001 the Dodgers and Diamondbacks have played 18 or 19 times every single season. In the previous 17 years they have played 12 times in the first half of the season just three time. The earliest time of their 12th matchup in the season from 2001-17 was the 69th game of 2014, on June 19.

Wednesday’s game is May 9.

The average amount of games the Dodgers and D-backs usually play through 36 team games is 4.2, with a previous high of eight contests through the first 36 games of 2014.

Again, this series is the 11th and 12th game between LA and Arizona this season.

After this brief two-game series the Dodgers don’t play the Diamondbacks again until Aug. 30. 2018 is weird.

The Dodgers this season are hitting just .217/.304/.351 and averaging 3.8 runs per game against Arizona, while scoring 4.71 runs and hitting .255/.333/.412 against everybody else.

Kiké Hernandez is 1-for-26 (.038) against the Diamondbacks in 2018. Corey Seager was 6-for-28 (.214) with no extra-base hits. Logan Forsythe, who is still on the disabled list, is 3-for-20 (.150) with a home run and a double. Yasiel Puig, who is expected to be activated Wednesday, is 5-for-25 (.200) with three doubles. Joc Pederson is 4-for-21 (.190) though with five walks, a triple and a double.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA