The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies face each other this afternoon at Dodger Stadium. All MLB odds can be found daily at Bovada sportsbook.
The Dodgers about a month ago looked to be a sure playoff team and now find themselves fighting for the wildcard. The Dodgers just scored two runs on seven hits yesterday in a loss to the Phillies. They will look to salvage a least one win in the series behind the arm of Clayton Kershaw this afternoon. Kershaw is the ace of the Dodgers and has allowed just 102 hits in 126 innings of work and is just pitching to a sparkling 2.84 ERA on the season.
The Phillies may be too far out right now to compete for a playoff spot, but it doesn’t mean it will not try their best to get back in the race. Jonathan Papelbon earned his 21st save in relief en route to the Phillies win yesterday. Today the Phillies will start Cliff Lee who has pitched to the toughest lock this year in baseball. He has struck out and impressive 102 batters in 103 innings of work this season.
Los Angeles is 7-21 in their last 28 games overall, 42-18 in their last 60 games as a home favorite, and 38-17 in Kershaw’s last 55 starts. Philadelphia is 5-0 in their last five games overall, 105 in their last six road games against a left handed starter, and 1-6 in Lee’s last seven starts. The Phillies have won eight in a row in Los Angeles.
While the he Phillies are finally healthy and trying to make a late push for the postseason, we really like Kershaw in this game in the role of stopper. Give us the Dodgers as a home moneyline favorite this at best online sportsbooks.