By Charles Jay
We’re not even going to talk about how Dan Haren can effectively follow up on what Clayton Kershaw was able to a couple of nights ago, because it would be just about impossible. All he can do is throw the ball well enough to help the Los Angeles Dodgers a little closer to the San Francisco Giants in the National League West race. On Friday night he will face off against a team that has had a difficult time in scoring runs – the San Diego Padres. MLB betting action will get underway at 10:10 PM ET at Petco Park in San Diego.
VietBet customers know by now that Kershaw turned in one of the outstanding efforts in baseball annals on Wednesday night, as he threw a no-hitter against the high-powered Colorado Rockies. How dominant was he? Well, the two-time Cy Young Award winner not only struck out fifteen batters, he didn’t walk anybody. The only Colorado player to reach base did so on an error by Hanley Ramirez.
Haren (7-4, 3.54 ERA) will be opposing Ian Kennedy (5-8, 3.72 ERA), who will be trying to recover form a couple of bad outings for the Padres.
In the MLB odds that have been placed on this game by the people at VietBet, the Padres are the slight favorites:
San Diego Padres (Kennedy – R) -108
Los Angeles Dodgers (Haren – R) -102
Over 6.5 Runs -115
Under 6.5 Runs -105
Only a couple of weeks ago, the only way most of us were looking at the Dodgers’ playoff chances was to consider their viability for one of the NL’s two wild card spots. But much has changed. As recently as June 7, they were 9.5 games behind the Giants, but now they are just four games out of first place. Could it be that the Dodgers are ready to make a run like they did last season?
Those people who are analyzing the MLB odds are wondering whether Haren can at least come close to the effort he put forth in his last start, as he gave up three runs in seven innings, which was serviceable. And VietBet patrons who have watched things out west have been able to recognize that San Diego has been almost helpless when it comes to pushing runners across the plate. Take a look at the June numbers, which show that the Padres have averaged just 1.9 runs per game.
Maybe this is good news for Haren, who has allowed six first-inning runs over his last five starts. Will he give up anything cheap early to the Padres? He certainly held his ground the last time he faced them, on April 2, as he went six frames without permitting an earned run.
So what can baseball bettors expect out of Ian Kennedy? The San Diego right-hander may have looked a little like an April Fool when he squared off against the Dodgers on April 1, allowing three runs in five innings, which, when facing the Padres, almost assures victory. he has hardly been a stopper in his last two games. On June 10 he yielded five runs in seven innings against the Phillies, then turned around five days later and let eleven batters reach base in 5-1/3 frames against the Mets. In that one he threw 116 pitches.
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