Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets 5/29/08 Preview

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Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets
Thursday, 7:10 pm Eastern

SBG Global Opening Line: Mets  – 114 ,  Total  8.5 Over -120

The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets open up a four games series in New York on Thursday with Brad Penny facing Claudio Vargas.  Penny has struggled this year going 5-5 with a 5.32 ERA.  He pitched better in his last start against St. Louis, giving up four runs and four hits in 7 innings but still didn’t get the win.  Vargas is 1-2 on the season with a 3.93 ERA. He won at Colorado last Saturday and went 7 innings giving up only two runs on four hits.  Vargas has not faced the Dodgers since 2005 when he allowed one run on six hits against them in a complete game victory. SBG Global reports that early MLB betting has the public taking Mets at Home.

The Dodgers continue to battle injuries with Rafael Furcal and Andruw Jones still out of the lineup.  The latest player to have injury trouble is second baseman Jeff Kent who has been in and out of the lineup and did not start against the Cubs on Wednesday.

SBG Global Current Line: Mets  – 116,  Total  8.5 Over -125

Here are the MLB betting stats for Thursday’s game.  The Dodgers are 8-1 in their last 9 vs. a team with a losing record. The Dodgers are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. the National League East. The Dodgers are 7-3 in their last 10 Thursday games. The Dodgers are 4-10 in their last 14 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Dodgers are 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Dodgers are 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Dodgers are 12-4 in Penny’s last 16 starts vs. the National League East. The Dodgers are 14-6 in Penny’s last 20 road starts.
The Dodgers are 2-6 in Penny’s last 8 Thursday starts. The Dodgers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in New York.
 
The Mets are 2-7 in their last 9 overall. The Mets are 1-4 in their last 5 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Mets are 2-9 in their last 11 Thursday games. The Mets are 0-6 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter.

The Under is 7-0 in the Dodgers last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 7-0 in the Dodgers last 7 overall. The Over is 5-1 in the Dodgers last 6 Thursday games. The Under is 4-1 in the Dodgers last 5 road games.
The Over is 7-1 in Penny’s last 8 starts vs. the National League East. The Over is 7-2 in Penny’s last 9 starts overall. The Under is 7-3 in Penny’s last 10 road starts.

The Under is 5-1 in the Mets last 6 Thursday games. The Over is 4-1 in the Mets last 5 vs. the National League West. The Over is 8-3-1 in the Mets last 12 home games. The Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in New York between the two teams.

Pick: Mets 2units

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