By Charles Jay
On Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers can achieve something that, believe it or not, has been rather rare for them this season. As they face the Colorado Rockies, they can actually execute a three-game sweep of a series at home. We probably would not have believed it if you asked us at the beginning of the season, but the team with the highest payroll in baseball has one of the worst home records in the game.
In fact, only the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are mired in last place in the National League West (well, only percentage points behind the San Diego Padres) have played worse at home in the NL. Baseball bettors at VietBet have to be scratching their heads over something like that, regardless of what individual injuries the Dodgers have had to endure.
Remember that the pitching rotation is still in place. And this team has been fortunate to get some good pitching over the last couple of days against Colorado. We are talking about the efforts of Zack Greinke and Hyun-jin Kyu, who have done nicely against the team that came into Chevez Ravine with a five-game winning streak. The Dodgers have won by scores of 4-2 and 6-1 in the first two games of this set, and they have their best guy on the mound on Wednesday.
In the baseball betting odds that have been established on this game by the people at VietBet, the Dodgers are big favorites:
Los Angeles Dodgers (Kershaw – L) -203
Colorado Rockies (De La Rosa – R) +187
Under 6.5 Runs -115
Over 6.5 Runs -105
Clayton Kershaw has won two Cy Young Awards, in case you were not aware, and since going on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, and then coming off, he has been gradually bringing himself back into Cy Young form. Currently he has a 2.93 earned run average, and you know he is going to be loaded with confidence coming into this game, as he has been close to untouchable at home against this particular opponent.
We are not going to speak too much about the offensive support he is gotten from his teammates, because VietBet patrons know it hasn’t been stellar, but we can tell you that Kershaw has a 1.58 ERA in his last 10 starts at Dodger Stadium against the Rockies. He wasn’t too bad against Colorado at Coors Field either, and that was just ten days ago, as he struck out nine batters in five innings in a game that was stopped early by rain.
Jorge De La Rosa got off to a nice start this season, but he’s had a 5.87 ERA in his last three starts and he was also ineffective as Kershaw’s opponent in that June 8, rain-shortened meeting in Denver, as he gave up five runs before the game was called.
Baseball bettors have to admit that with a record of 39-34, Los Angeles has offered something of a letdown, and there is some question about offensive punch on an overall basis. That won’t be helped if Hanley Ramirez can’t make it on Wednesday. He hit a home run on Tuesday, but later in the game he had to be removed with a bruised finger, and he might be kept out of the lineup as a precaution. Remember, it’s a long season, and you want to preserve guys, although Dodger backers would obviously like to see their team get closer to the .500 mark on the home field. After all, they’re paying them enough money.
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