Dodgers & Mariners to Deliver Baseball Wagering BattlePosted by: Mike Davis
The start of the baseball wagering season has sportsbook players scanning the nation trying to figure out which team will be the biggest surprise in 2017, as well as which teams will have the most disappointing seasons. It might be too early to tell, but Spring Training offers the perfect opportunity for any MLB sports betting fans to size up their favorite sleepers, as well as get a good look at their biggest title contenders.
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Although Spring Training doesn’t offer the most comprehensive look at teams, it does give prospects an opportunity to nail a spot on the opening day roster. At the same time, it helps baseball wagering fans get a measure of how deep a team’s roster and talent base truly is.
One team that has been creating a lot of betting hype is the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers have been making great moves from a management standpoint, and Wednesday night their players will get an opportunity to prove that they belong in Major League Baseball.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Seattle Mariners – Wednesday, March 29, 2017
When: 4:10 pm ET
Where: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, Arizona
MLB Sports Betting Odds:
Los Angeles Dodgers -1 ½ (-105) – -155
Seattle Mariners +1 ½ (-115) – +140
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers are coming off a highly successful 91-71 season. In fact, last season marked the 4th consecutive year Los Angeles was able to clinch the National League West; the first team in the division to accomplish this feat. Once in the playoffs, the Dodgers were able to advance past the Washington Nationals in the Division Series in 5 games. However, the Chicago Cub, the future World Champions, defeated them in 6 in the NL Championship Series.
The Dodgers finished the 2016 season with the 14th best batting runs average (725), 22nd worst batting average (.249), 18th worst on base percentage (.319), and 18th worst slugging percentage (.409). So far, Los Angeles has posted a 17-16 record in Spring Training, ranking the club 6th in the Cactus League standings. The baseball wagering odds paint the Dodgers as the favorites Wednesday afternoon.
The Mariners turned in a decent record last season, posting an 86-76 record. However, the Mariners’ efforts were not enough to earn them a spot in the postseason. 2016 marked the 15th straight season that the Mariners were unable to make an appearance in the playoffs and this year’s Seattle team is looking to put an end to that sorrow.
On paper, the Mariners didn’t look half bad last season. Pitching wise, Seattle had the MLB’s 8th best earned run average (4.00), 14th best quality starts (74), and 10th best WHIP (1.28), and 10th best BAA (.253). The Mariners have a 19-14 record in Spring Training, the second-best tally in the Cactus League.