Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets
The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets wrap up their series on Thursday with the Mets going for the sweep. The Dodgers are -130 favorites over the Mets with an over/under run total set at 6.5.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of baseball’s most disappointing teams as they sit 12 games back and in last place in the American League West after losing again on Wednesday. Jamey Carroll had three hits and scored a run while Andre Ethier, Juan Uribe, and Matt Kemp all had hits as the Dodgers had six hits and scored three runs for the night. Starter Hiroki Kuroda allowed eight hits and four earned runs over six innings to take his 10th loss of the year, a year he just never seems to get enough support. To try and avoid the sweep Los Angeles starts their ace, Clayton Kershaw, who has been far and away the Dodgers best pitcher this season. For the year Kershaw has allowed 97 hits and 44 earned runs while striking out 138 in 122.2 innings of work.
The New York Mets are playing some of their best baseball of the season but playing in the same division with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves they haven’t gained much ground. On Wednesday the Mets won their fourth consecutive game as Justin Turner, Carlos Beltran, Lucas Duda, and Josh Thole all had two hits each as the Mets scored five runs on 11 hits. On the mound Jon Niese allowed five hits and three runs while striking out six over seven innings of work to earn his eighth win of the year and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth inning to get his 22nd save. For the series finale in L.A. New York starts Dillon Gee who has lost two of his last three starts, his only two losses of the season. For the year Gee has allowed 67 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 58 over 83 innings of work.
Los Angeles is 4-0 in game four of a series, 1-6 in their last seven home games, and 6-2 in Kershaw’s last eight home starts. New York is 7-1 in their last eight road games, 4-1 in their last five against a left handed starter, and 11-2 in Gee’s last 13 starts. New York has won five of the last six meetings of these two.
Kershaw has been of the best as his record shows especially since he’s on a team that just doesn’t win too often these days but the Mets are just hot right now and a solid value at the price. I’m taking the Mets plus the 130.
New York Mets +130 Los Angeles Dodgers