What the Dodgers feared most is happening right now, because after they led the division for most of the time, LA are in danger of missing the playoffs. They are the third placed team in the race for the two wildcards, and the gap separating them from the leading Giants has increased. Winning the series with Miami is a must and the opening game sparked hope for the struggling Dodgers as they scored 11 runs.
Match: LA Dodgers vs Miami Marlins
Bet: Over 6,5 runs
Odds: bet365 2.00
It will be difficult to repeat that performance against Josh Johnson, given the fact that he played very well in his last three outings. While his teammates can’t blame him for the loses, the same doesn’t go the other way around as Johnson was frustrated by the lack of support. Tonight he will face a team that finally broke out of its funk and seems determined to do whatever it takes to make it into the playoffs. LA plans to make some bold moves next week and acquire Becket and Gonzalez from the Red Sox, while Carl Crawford and Nick Punto will also join the LA Dodgers for what they hope to be a successful playoff.
Another chance for Kershaw against Miami
If there is a team that Clayton doesn’t like facing then this is Miami, and his ERA of 2.87 is likely to surpass the superior limit if past performance serves as an indicator. Kershaw has good reasons to forget about the past and find solace in the recent results as he didn’t allow more than two runs in neither of his last three outings. The Marlins don’t have too many offensive players to count on, but if Giancarlo Stanton and José Reyes continue to play as well as they did recently, the visitors stand a chance.
Both scored in the opening game and although their effort was shadowed by the ineffective pitching, they have what it takes to prevent Kershaw from pitching deep into the game. The question is whether Clayton will surrender enough runs while he is on the field to give the Marlins’ bullpen a chance of protecting that lead or not. The contest between the pitchers will be the most spectacular one, but the duel of the relievers will ultimately decide the fate of this game.
The visiting Marlins might not have the best offense, but the reason they are standing on the last place in the East has more to do with its terrible pitching. Johnson might not be the weakest link in their rotation, but he nothing close of an ace, so the odds of 2.00 for Over 6,5 runs to be scored make this a must bet.