We continue to produce winners with our best bet as we hit the win column once again on Friday as the LA Dodgers behind Ted Lilly earn the win against the downtrodden Houston Astros. Like we said Ted Lilly has looked extremely sharp over this past three starts and he delivers another gem performance on Friday as he allows just one earned run over six innings with four hits to the Houston Astros. Our best betting pick for Saturday comes from Major League Baseball as we stick with the LA Dodgers and Houston Astros series. The action will get underway in Houston at 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by MLB package. With our MLB best betting pick we will play on the LA Dodgers on the run line laying -1 ½ runs against the Houston Astros at -120 odds. The odds from this MLB top pick were pulled from Just Bet sportsbook.
The LA Dodgers opened up in the betting as a -200 favorite with the home underdog Houston Astros returning +180 odds. The run total came in at seven runs. Early money from the betting public has come on the Dodgers as LA is now up to a -210 favorite with the take back on the Houston Astros at +185 odds. Totals players will find no early movement off the number of seven runs. A run line bet on the LA Dodgers will return -120 odds laying -1 ½ runs. Those who take +1 ½ runs with a run line wager on the Houston Astros will get back +100 odds.
The LA Dodgers will send their ace and 2011 Cy Young award winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw to the hill. Kershaw has pitched well in the 2012 campaign as he owns an ERA of 2.35 and a low WHIP of 1.17 which indicates he does not allow many base runners. The Dodgers lefty starter has had great success against this weak hitting Houston lineup as Kershaw has allowed just two earned runs in his past three starts against the Astros working 21 innings. The Dodgers bats have come alive behind Matt Kemp as LA is pushing across nearly five runs a game with a team batting average of nearly .260 over their past seven games. The Dodgers are playing winning baseball with eight wins over their past ten games.
The Houston Astros will send struggling right hander Kyle Weiland to face the Dodgers bats on Saturday. It’s been a rough 2012 year for Weiland as he enters play with a 0-2 record with an ERA of 8.44 and a very high WHIP of 2.25. The Astros offense behind Weiland is not very good as he club struggles for offense as they push across just 2 ½ runs per game and bat .209 against left handed pitching in the 2012 year. Weiland has had major control problems with six walks in 10 2/3rd innings pitched thus far. He was roughed up last time out allowing the Washington Nationals six earned runs over 5 2/3rd innings. The Dodgers have beaten Houston five straight times and have the much better pitcher and batters so bet LA on the run line at the sportsbooks.