It is still not too late for LA Dodgers to overtake the leading Giants, and now that San Francisco is struggling , their rivals can make the decisive move. Following the blockbuster deal that saw Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto joining them alongside Josh Beckett, the Dodgers have plenty of quality in their squad.
Match: Colorado Rockies vs LA Dodgers
Bet: Under 9,5 runs
Odds: bet365 2.10
Winning away from home used to be a difficult task for LA, but this season they have a winning record that is very similar to their home percentage. Facing the last place Colorado surely helps and this match represents the ideal opportunity for Josh Beckett to prove that he still has what it takes to pitch into the playoffs. A couple of seasons ago, Josh was among the best pitchers in MLB and definitely the best one in Boston’s roster. The Red Sox lost confidence in the 32-year-old pitcher after two disappointing seasons, but the Dodgers are willing to take a leap of faith with him.
Two pitchers seeking redemption
Beckett disappointed the Red Sox fans by losing 11 decisions out of 16, but also following an incident that occurred in May. He said that was unable to play for his team, yet he was seen playing golf while his team was struggling in an increasingly competitive Eastern division. On the western coast he can start anew, for a team that has high expectations in the remaining rounds of the season and has greatly improved its batting squad.
Jeff Francis will take the mound for Colorado hoping that he can return to his winning ways after another disappointing year with the Rockies. Jeff an Josh used to draw all the attention when their teams met a few seasons ago, but unfortunately for them they sank at the same accelerated rate and are now regarded as liabilities. Nevertheless, Francis’ latest outing was a very good one as the starting pitcher conceded a single run and his team won 5-2 against the Mets. Both the starting pitcher and the relievers will need to be sharp tonight, because their offensive players are unlikely to provide many rounds of support.
Josh Becket might no longer be the ace pitcher that could single-handedly defeat an opponent, but he is still good enough for a team such as Colorado. The Rockies are riddled with injuries and their recent games were disappointing due to the fact that fewer runs were scored even when playing at Coors Field. Bet365 doesn’t seem to think much about the starting pitchers, and that’s why the odds for the Under 9,5 runs scored go as high as 2.10, making it the best choice for a bet.