In today’s MLB betting guide, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to host the NL West’s bottom-feeding Colorado Rockies in the second game of a three-game series. Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays look to rebound from a fourth consecutive loss as they battle the Oakland Athletics.
Los Angeles Dodgers (+200) vs Colorado Rockies (-240)
Winners of three of their last four games in July, the Dodgers joined three other teams in the 50-win club and continue to hold on to the NL West lead. They’ll turn to Mitch White to start the game, and he’ll hope for a better result after struggling in his previous two starts. White has allowed five-or-more runs in that time, and his ERA (earned run average) increased to 3.93 on the season. Luckily for him, the Dodgers have been crushing it of late, scoring at least five runs in all of their wins this month.
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The Rockies will need to find a way to mitigate the number of runs they’re allowing if they hope to string together some wins this month. They face a difficult schedule ahead of the MLB All-Star Game, and it doesn’t get any easier after the festivities end. Germán Márquez will get the start and did not look particularly good against the Dodgers the last time they played. He allowed five runs off five hits in four innings, five days after pitching seven scoreless innings against the Minnesota Twins, and left the game with a minor injury. Take the Dodgers batting order to have their way with a Rockies bullpen that allows way too many runs for their own good.
Toronto Blue Jays (-180) vs Oakland Athletics (+160)
The AL East is becoming a fight between three teams for the second-place spot. The Blue Jays are in a race with the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, with two games separating the three clubs. Toronto hasn’t made it easy on themselves by dropping their previous four games, but the opportunity to piece together a small winning streak before the All-Star Game is possible. Yusei Kikuchi enters tonight’s game with a 1-3 record in his last seven appearances, pitching 34 strikeouts in 26.1 innings, but his ERA dropped 4.74 after allowing 19 runs off 36 hits.
The Athletics found a way to stay at .500 this month with a win over Toronto, but they remain at the bottom of the AL West. With 55 losses on the year, Oakland holds the worst record in the league. Hoping to get another strong start, Adrián Martinez gets his third appearance of the season after winning his first game against the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately, his follow-up against the Seattle Mariners ended in disaster after allowing seven runs off seven hits. With an ERA of 6.30, don’t expect him to perform too well against a Blue Jays team looking to get even. Take Toronto to win tonight and take the over for runs (O.8.0, -115).
Odds via Bet365.
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