Teams that have been involved in a heck of a lot of trades over the course of the last month or so are going to meet in MLB betting action on the MLB Network on Friday night, as the Florida Marlins clash with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers are really still trying to get their entire lineup together. Hanley Ramirez is going to be making his return to South Beach, and he is likely going to end up getting a bit of a rude treatment from the fans as a result. He and his new mates have struggled at times offensively of late, and that doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season. We do like the fact that Clayton Kershaw is going to be on the bump on Friday night. Kershaw seems to be the consummate bad luck pitcher. Over the course of the last four seasons, he has posted sub-3.00 ERAs, yet if you take out his 21-5 season from last year, he is just 30-24. Amazing. That being said, this year has been another great one for the lefty in spite of his 9-6 record. Kershaw has a 2.88 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP, and batters are hitting just .216 against him. He also already has 150 strikeouts and is well on his way to over 200 for the third consecutive season.
Miami was selling at the trade deadline, and that was shown by the fact that the team moved Ramirez, Gaby Sanchez, and pitchers, and it nearly got rid of Josh Johnson. On Friday night, Mark Buehrle is going to be on the bump. The southpaw was one of the big acquisitions that was supposed to put this team over the top this season, but it just hasn’t worked that way. Buehrle is 9-10, but the rest of his stats are basically on par with what we figured he would end up with. His strikeout total is low with just 83, but he doesn’t walk many batters (1.2 per start), and as a result, his WHIP says low (1.23) in spite of the fact that batters are hitting a relatively lofty .271 against him. Against the Dodgers in his career, Buehrle is 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA. He has gone 30 frames against LA and has yet to walk a batter against it.
In the end, the Marlins are probably the better play here of the two sides. The Dodgers really shouldn’t end up being favored by this much on the road with a pitcher that just routinely gets this unlucky. We have to think that the Marlins, as bad as they are at times, have the ability to win this game at least 45% of the time or so. Miami 4 – Los Angeles 2