Baseball Betting Matchup: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers

Baseball Betting Matchup: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers
Date / Time: Monday, June 19 – 10:10 PM ET
Site: Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles
TV Coverage: SportsNet New York

Baseball Betting Odds at BetAnySports

Moneyline: Dodgers -300 / Mets +270
Total: 7 Runs (-110 either way)

Both the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers have daunting tasks ahead of them during the rest of the National League season. For the Dodgers, it promises to be a very tight three-way race for the National League West title with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. For the Mets, they have a big job ahead of them to even want to challenge for a wild-card spot. These teams will get together at Dodger Stadium at 10:10 PM ET on Monday night. BetAnySports customers, who enjoy great Asian online slots casino action with no downloads necessary, will have the opportunity, before the game, to get reduced juice on their wagers, and then they can stay in the action even after the first pitches thrown through the magic of Live Betting Ultra.

Baseball Betting Matchup: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw, the three-time Cy Young Award winner will be on the mound for the Dodgers, and he is once again stopping people, although not in as spectacular a fashion as he did last season or the year before. Kershaw still has stellar numbers though – he is striking out more than one batter per inning, allows less than seven hits per nine innings, and has one of the better ratios of strikeouts to walks in the major leagues. He is also sixth in the category of Wins Above Replacement among pitchers, leads the National League in earned run average (2.23) and has a 0.92 WHIP ratio.

If you are a Mets fan and you are looking for something encouraging, you could point to the fact that the rate at which Kershaw’s giving up home runs is his highest ever, and that his FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) figure of 3.21 is his highest in nine years. But truth be told, this is kind of getting nitpicky, because even when Kershaw has an “average” season, is better than just about every other starting pitcher out there.

Oh, and he also dominates the Mets. BetAnySports patrons who follow the lefty pretty closely are aware that he is figure them out pretty well over the years, chalking up an 8-1 record and 1.49 ERA lifetime. In Kershaw has been exceedingly stingy over these last four starts against them, giving up three runs on 15 hits in 32- 2/3 innings, with a sizzling 41-3 strikeout-walk ratio. He’s just been fabulous.

So it would seem that the deck is stacked against Zack Wheeler and the Mets on this particular evening. Wheeler wasn’t even pitching in the major leagues while Kershaw was cutting a swath through the National League the last two years, as he had to sit out first with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery, then a flexor strain in his right arm. But the Mets didn’t give up hope on him, as he had been pegged a big-time prospect when he first came aboard. Wheeler’s 4.48 ERA is a little deceiving, in that it blew up in his last start against Chicago Cubs, when he lasted only an inning and a third and gave up eight runs. Prior to that, his six starts averaged a Game Score (a Bill James metric) of 56, which is well above average. And Wheeler has always been a pretty good road pitcher, and this year is no exception, as he has a 2.76 ERA in five starts as the visitor.

Kershaw, interestingly enough, has allowed opposing batters to hit .273 in the first inning, but the Mets had better get to him early, as the superstar lefty allows just a .150 average over pitches 51-75 in his starts. The Mets were not doing badly scoring runs while Yoenis Cespedes was out with an injury; they averaged almost 5.5 runs per game. Now they have put Neil Walker and Asdubral Cabrera on the disabled list, so they might be a little weaker up the middle. Jay Bruce, who didn’t seem to have a place in the picture as trade talks went on in the off-season, might just be this team’s All-Star representative, as he leads them in homers and RBIs. Michael Conforto, a precocious rookie a couple of years ago who faded last season, is having a good year, and hits .390 in the first inning, but he rarely plays against southpaws.

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