LA-NY Game Gets National Attention (Sportsbook Preview)
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
As MLB trade rumors continue to flood baseball wagering news, players who place sports bets will have to keep an eye out for any potential game-changers. There haven’t been any ahead of Tuesday’s action, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see some swaps before the end of the week. Let’s run down Monday’s results before we take a look at Tuesday’s betting lines.
Monday’s Baseball Wagering Results
Monday got off to an asymmetrical start when the Cleveland Indians shutout the Orioles while simultaneously scoring 12 runs on Baltimore. The Atlanta Braves would try to match that feat later on in the night but would come up short, instead shutting out the San Francisco Giants 9-0. The Pittsburgh Pirates would score the last blowout of the night, as they sprint past the Milwaukee Brewers 8-1.
Apart from blowouts, there were some pretty contested matches. The matchup between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins was arguably the most competitive of the night, with Miami grazing past the Nats 8-7. Chicago also won a tight, albeit low-scoring, contest against the San Diego Padres 3-2.
Monday’s nationally televised game between Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners ended up exceeding sports betting players’ expectations. The Mariners were pegged as a slight favorite over Detroit but ended up putting a much more defiant 6-2 performance. Detroit will have a shot at redemption Tuesday night, but not in front of a national audience.
Instead of broadcasting Game 2 of the Mariners-Tigers series, ESPN has chosen to shine a spotlight on another west coast, late-night contest between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Let’s see what the MLB sportsbooks are predicting for this contest.
New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Tuesday, June 20th
When: 10:10 pm ET
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
Series: Game 2 of 4-Game Series
Stream: MLB TV
MLB Sports Odds:
New York Mets +1 ½ (-125) 8 ½ (-120) +175
Los Angeles Dodgers -1 ½ (+105) 8 ½ (EV) -185
New York Mets
Despite making the playoffs the last two seasons, the Mets have been rather disappointing thus far into this year’s baseball wagering season. New York is currently sitting on a 31-38 record that ranks them 4th in the NL East, 10 ½ games behind 1st place Washington. Additionally, New York is ½ game behind the 3rd place Miami Marlins and over 10 games ahead of last place Philadelphia.
The Mets lost to the Dodgers Monday 10-6. This series marks the first time this season these two clubs have faced each other, and New York will be starting Robert Gsellman this Tuesday to even things up a bit. Gsellman is 5-4 on the season with a 5.50 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. However, Gsellman has been rather pitiful lately, posting a 12.60 ERA in his last 5 innings.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers have made the playoffs the last four seasons consecutive and are well on their way to making that 5-straight. The Dodgers ride into this contest sporting a 45-26 record that ranks them second in the NL West, just one-game shy of tying with division-leading Colorado. The NL West is without a doubt the most competitive division in the MLB this season, and the Dodgers have to keep winning or risk being overpassed by the Arizona Diamondbacks – who are just one game behind Los Angeles.
Nevertheless, the Dodgers have won the last 4-straight. In order to make it 5 in a row, LA will be sending Brandon McCarthy to the mound. McCarthy is 5-3 on the season with an ERA that can be used to calculate the circumference of a circle (3.14) and a 1.10 WHIP. In his last 5 innings pitched, McCarthy has posted an impressive 1.69 ERA that ironically enough is a close approximation of another irrational number: phi.