LA Dodgers have turned things around
September 05, 2018 3:00 AM
by Ramon Scott
The Los Angeles Dodgers were all but eliminated here just a few weeks ago but in the crazy National League playoff picture things change in a hurry.
The Dodgers made moves, got healthy and moved into the role as near co-favorites with the Chicago Cubs to win the pennant.
This despite the troubles of a weakened closer in Kenley Jansen.
With healthy returns from Clayton Kershaw and Justin Turner, the Dodgers’ class has for now put them in a three-team chase for the NL West title.
Acquisitions in the bullpen, as well as the additions of Manny Machado and Brian Dozier, suddenly gave this team a championship feel. And somehow, Matt Kemp, has resurrected his clutch gene for a potential playoff run.
Despite the three teams – L.A., Colorado and Arizona – being separated by just 1.5 games after Monday, the Dodgers are -150 to take the division, while the Rockies and D’backs are returning closer to 3-to-1.
The Dodgers’ stretch run comes on the heels of L.A. losing over 25 units for backers over the first five months of the season, as one of the worst teams for bettors to wager on.
KC ROYALS (+200, 8.5o15) at INDIANS (Wed., 10:10): Corey Kluber, of the Indians, is 9-3 with a 2.06 ERA at home, but can’t break a profit with his high price and the Tribe’s sub-par bullpen most of the season. The Royals’ Brad Keller surely rates as a pitcher to take in this ‘dog role, easily under the radar with 16 starts and a 3.26 ERA overall. CLE, 4-3
NY METS (+140, 7.5o20) at DODGERS (Wed., 4:35): Twilight game at Chavez Ravine has Hyun-Jin Ryu in reliable form, especially at home, off four starts so far since returning to the team. He has a 1.51 ERA at home in his limited innings. Mets’ Zack Wheeler was outstanding in August and a favorite play of sharps, who were rewarded. LAD, 4-3
CUBS (-108, 8.5u15) at WAS NATIONALS (Thu., 4:05): Stephen Strasburg’s ERA has risen to 4.09 amid his arm woes. He’s thrown in a pair of quality starts over his last two outings for the Nats. The Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks is putting together some of his best form of the season, allowing one earned run over his last two starts in a couple of wins. WAS, 4-3
BRAVES (+120, 8) at ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (Thu., 6:40): Zack Greinke has a 2.16 ERA at home for Arizona, which is chasing a playoff spot, while the Braves go with Anibal Sanchez, who has limited these Arizona bats to a .208 average over 82 PAs. Sanchez is up 4.5 units on the road. ARI, 4-3
STL CARDINALS (-140, 9u20) at TIGERS (Fri., 4:10): With the Cards in one of their best mid-season surges in 50 years, left-hander Adam Gomber continues to start with his 5-0 record and 2.77 ERA. Daniel Norris missed most of the season with a groin injury and left his first start back due to leg cramping after going 4-1/3 at the Yanks on Sat. STL, 5-3
YANKEES (-109, 8u20) at SEA MARINERS (Fri., 7:10): James Paxton appears set down for the drive as Seattle has a last-ditch effort to get back in the Wild Card. Paxton struck out 10 in 5 IP against the team they are chasing, Oakland. Masahiro Tanaka is 6-0 on the road and Yanks are 8-3 in his road night games. He’s held these M’s to a .211 BA. NYY, 4-3
TEX RANGERS (+160, 9) at ATHLETICS (Sat., 1:05): Get out your old-man walkers when Edwin Jackson of the A’s and Bartolo Colon of the Rangers square off. Jackson has been huge for Oakland in their surge into the Wild Card. Rangers are 4-8 in Colon’s road starts, while Jackson has produced eight units of profit since joining the rotation. OAK, 5-3
GIANTS (+140, 8.5o20) at BREWERS (Sat., 4:10): Brewers’ Junior Guerra has a 2.64 ERA at home, but the Giants’ beat him in SF back on July 28 with 5 ER in four innings against him. Chris Stratton is up over 6.25 units this season and has an ERA just under five but is off a sharp three-start stint, allowing no walks in 19-1/3 innings. MIL, 5-3
ASTROS (+120, 8.5) at RED SOX (Sun., 5:05): The Astros’ Dallas Keuchel looked strong on Labor Day with six innings of shutout ball as a -225 home favorite in a win against Minnesota. The Sox go with David Price, who had held this team to around a .220 average. Price should return from his sore wrist. He’s won his last five decisions. BOS, 4-3