The online MLB betting season picks up right where it left off today. Sports betting sites are in jubilee with the return of Major League Baseball, but bettors might just be more excited. Let’s take a look at the best betting options as the MLB makes its return.
Friday’s Online MLB Betting Lineup
Friday’s action will be kicked off this evening by a contest between the Chicago Cubs and the Baltimore Orioles. However, there are more interesting matchups to tune in for.
Another interesting matchup involves the Cleveland Indians plight to stay atop AL Central. Coming off a World Series appearance, the Indians are doing all they can to avenge last year’s disappointing finish.
Speaking off staying atop the division, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking to do the same this Friday. Let’s take a look at what odds most sports betting sites are giving them this evening.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Miami Marlins – Friday, July 14th
When: 7:10 pm ET
Where: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
Series: Game 1 of 3-Game Series
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: MLB TV
Online MLB Betting Odds:
Los Angeles Dodgers -1 ½ (+130) 8 ½ (-115) -120
Miami Marlins +1 ½ (-150) 8 ½ (-105) +110
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers enter this contest as the winningest team in the MLB, all thanks to their 61-29 record. Los Angeles will be looking to maintain that title by picking up a win over the Marlins, since the Houston Astros are right behind the Dodgers with 60 wins. Also, LA’s record give them a 7 ½ game lead over the 2nd place Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers closed out the first half of the season by picking up 6 straight wins, 3 over the Diamondbacks and 3 over the Kansas City Royals. The Dodgers are on track to make their 5th straight postseason appearance.
To help keep the win streak alive, the Dodgers will be starting Brandon McCarthy this evening. McCarthy is 6-3 on the season with a 1.13 WHIP. There are many reasons for the sports wagering odds to favor Los Angeles over the Marlins but McCarthy’s 1.50 ERA for the month of July might be the biggest one.
The Marlins swim into this matchup sporting a 41-46 record that pegs them as the 3rd best team in the NL East. That lackluster record places the Marlins 10 ½ games behind 1st place Washington. However, the Marlins are only 1 game behind 2nd place Atlanta. Additionally, Miami owns a 2 game lead over 4th place New York.
Like the Dodgers, the Marlins also closed out the first half of the season riding a win streak. Miami was able to sweep the San Francisco 49ers in a best of 3 series. In order to keep the good times rolling, Miami will be sending Dan Straily to the mound. Straily is 7-4 on the season with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. The Marlins have missed the playoffs for the last 12 years and will likely be absent once again this season.