Dodgers vs. Mets Preview + Free Pick May 30th, 2008
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MLB Baseball Wagering Action – Dodgers at Mets
The New York Mets, (26-26, 24-28 RL) have won three consecutive games coming into tonight’s sports betting contest, including an 8-4 win on Thursday over the Los Angeles Dodgers, (26-27, 22-31 RL), who have now dropped four straight games in the Our best Sportsbooks.
“A three-game winning streak, we’ll take that. Back to .500, that’s what we want to push from,” said Mets manager Willie Randolph. “We’ve got to sustain it. We’ve been up and down.”
The Mets will go after their fourth straight online wagering victory by sending talented right-hander John Maine (5-4, 3.41), to the mound looking to break a personal two-game losing streak.
Maine allowed four runs on three hits and four walks in Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies, but limited the Dodgers to just one run in 8 1/3 innings of a 12-1 victory in Los Angeles on May 7.
The Dodgers will counter by giving the ball to young phenom Clayton Kershaw, (0-0, 3.00) who limited the St. Louis Cardinals to two runs on five hits while striking out seven batters in six innings, though he failed to get a decision in the Dodgers’ 4-3, 10-inning victory.
“His stuff is electric,” Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. “He’s got a great arm, good fastball, good curveball and changeup, which he’s continuing to get the feel for and the right time to use it. He’s just a great kid, willing to learn, and he’s got a good head on his shoulders. He’s the whole package.”
The 20-year-old Kershaw said he wasn’t overwhelmed by the experience of making his first start in the majors.
“It might be hard to believe, but I really wasn’t that nervous. I just knew that I could do it,” said Kershaw, the seventh overall pick in the 2006 draft. “These hitters are just like other hitters, except a little better and a little more experienced. So you’ve got to be smart.”
Here is a look at tonight’s key sports betting trends followed by my MLB Wagering Free Picks:
The Dodgers are 1-4 in their last five games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
The Dodgers are 2-8 in their last ten games as a road underdog of +110 to +150.
The Mets are 4-0 in Maine’s last four starts during game two of a series.
The Mets are 5-0 in Maine’s last five home starts with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
The Under is 5-1 in Dodgers last six road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
The Under is 5-0 in Maine’s last five starts as a favorite of -110 to -150.
The Under is 4-0 in the last four meetings in New York.
The Dodgers are 1-4 in the last five meetings in New York.
Analysis: I know the Mets are playing solid baseball and are at home tonight, while the Dodgers are struggling in a big way at the plate, but I am going to go ‘against the grain’ here and take the Dodgers to win this game narrowly while getting another fine performance from their young hurler Clayton Kershaw.
MLB Free Picks: Dodgers 3 Mets 2
07:10 PM EST Baseball Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw – L +1½ -165
New York Mets
John Maine – R -1½ +145
Over 8 -110
Under 8 -110
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