MLB Odds — Phillies Will Try to Solve Kershaw on Tuesday
The Philadelphia Phillies are all even in their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but they still have the worst road record in the major leagues at 11-32. On Wednesday they are going to try to win a series on the road for only the second time in 17 tries, but they are going to have to beat the man who has been the best pitcher in baseball over the last four or five seasons in order to do that.
The Philadelphia Phillies are all even in their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but they still have the worst road record in the major leagues at 11-32. On Wednesday they are going to try to win a series on the road for only the second time in 17 tries, but they are going to have to beat the man who has been the best pitcher in baseball over the last four or five seasons in order to do that. Can this club, which has, on an overall basis, been utterly non-productive, get that done? BetAnySports customers will find that out, and meanwhile, they can place wagers on this game not only beforehand, but after the opening pitch, as they access the innovative feature, Live Betting Extra.
Clayton Kershaw gets another start on the mound for the Dodgers, an unbelievably, he has gone five consecutive starts without picking up a victory. Undoubtedly that is one of the factors that has contributed to him being left off the All-Star roster, at least for the time being. Kershaw is only 5-6 on the season, with a 3.08 ERA, and that is quite a come down from last season’s 21-3 record and 1.77 ERA that earned him his third Cy Young Award. Kershaw still has an opportunity to be part of the NL squad, but he has to win what is known as the “Final Vote” against the likes of Johnny Cueto of the Reds, Jeurys Familia of the Mets, Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals and Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies.:
The pitcher for the Phillies is Adam Morgan, who will be making only his third major league start. He has fared well in his previous two outings, with a 2.13 ERA thus far. He’s got his work cut out for him, however, as Philadelphia has been outscored by an average of 2.2 runs per game as the visitor.:
In the MLB odds that have been posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Dodgers, with Kershaw, are a huge favorite::
Los Angeles Dodgers (Kershaw) -385
Philadelphia Phillies (Morgan) +345
Over 6.5 runs -110
Under 6.5 runs -110
With a record of 47-38, the Dodgers are the first-place team in the National League West, with a four-game lead over the San Francisco Giants and a five-game cushion over the Arizona Diamondbacks. But they failed in their mission yesterday, losing 7-2 to a Phillies team that was starting Chad Billingsley, a former mainstay of the Los Angeles staff.:
Actually, the Phillies are not exactly non-productive when they go on the road. They are hitting .250 and score 3.3 runs per game. That’s almost a half a run per game more than the New York Mets. However, they have allowed 5 1/2 runs a game with the opposition hitting .293. BetAnySports customers don’t know a whole lot about Morgan, but after coming up from the minor leagues, where he compiled a 13-28 record, he has allowed three runs in 12 2/3 innings. So there is not a lot to go on.:
Keep in mind that this is a game between southpaw starters, and that the Dodgers are hitting just .223 against left-handers. So how much support can Kershaw expect to get? He can only do so much, as baseball bettors saw in his last start against the Mets, when he allowed only one run over seven innings but failed to get the decision, in a game the Dodgers eventually lost. However, he is striking out 11.6 batters per nine innings, which is the highest rate of his career.:
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By Charles Jay