Baltimore Orioles vs. Los Angeles Dodgers July 4, 2016
What better way to celebrate the nation than with some good ol’ fashioned MLB betting, specifically the Dodgers hosting the Orioles. Here are the odds for people who bet on baseball:
Orioles +1½ (-155) 8 (-115) +158
Dodgers -1½ (+135) 8 (-105) -168
The Dodgers have won their last four consecutive games, while the Orioles were swept 4-0 by the Seattle Mariners – they still lead the American League East, though. Julio Urias will start for LA. The sinistral 19 year old Mexican pitcher has not overstayed his welcome in the rotation, lowering his ERA in each game that he has started (currently at 4.09). Urias got his first big league win in his previous start, keeping the Brewers down to two runs and two hits in six innings. It will be Mexican versus Mexican as Yovani Gallardo will start for Baltimores. He has been solid since returning from the disabled list, recently picking up a 12-6 win against the San Diego Padres. MLB betting experts expect the Orioles are expected to make at least one roster move prior to the opener (Pedro Alvarez is on the bereavement list).
Even though the Orioles are the MLB betting underdogs, they actually won two of three the last time they faced the Dodgers in a three-game series in 2013. However, they are 2-6 in their last games with LA. In addition to that, Baltimore is 7-1 in their last 8 interleague games. On the other hand, the Dodgers are 20-6 in their last 26 home games and are 4-9 in their last 13 Monday games. The Dodgers are the favorite of people who bet on baseball because they have been playing well lately so that they can catch up with the San Francisco Giants – who have a 5-game lead – in the National League West. Los Angeles beat Colorado 4-1 with six hits and four walks. Trayce Thompson and Yasmani Grandal knocked the ball out of the park one time each.
Conversely, the Orioles lost 9-4 to the Mariners. The Birds had 12 hits and Mark Trumbo went 2-4 with a home run and two RBI’s. JJ Hardy had two hits and drove in two. This is the second 0-4 losing streak in the season for Baltimore, and the Orioles need to pick up their game if they don’t want to make it 0-5. They gave up 47 hits (23 for extra bases) in the series against Seattle, and lost by a total margin of 31-15. Gallardo has a 6.05 ERA in three career turns at Dodger Stadium and will have to be careful with A.J. Ellis, who is 5-for-10 against him, as well as Justin Turner, who is 6-for-15 against Gallardo.