Monday, Aug.12, 10:10 p.m. (ET)
Television: MLB Extra Innings
Money Line: New York (+184) Los Angeles (-191)
Total Line: 7
New York will try and extend a two-game winning streak against the hottest team in the Majors on Monday night when it kicks-off this three game series. After losing to Arizona 5-4 this past Friday night as a 190 road underdog, it posted a 4-1 victory on Saturday as a 158 underdog and then pasted the Diamondbacks 9-5 as a 122 underdog on Sunday. The Mets are now 54-61 on the year and an even 29-29 on the road. The total has stayed UNDER in nine of their last 11 games.
The bats have started to click a bit better for New York lately but overall it is still ranked 14th in the National League in hitting with a .238 team batting average. The Mets are averaging 4.1 runs a game which is ranked seventh in the NL. The team’s pitching has been decent with a staff ERA of 3.72. They will send Jenrry Mejia to the mound as their starter in this series opener. The right-hander is 1-1 on the year with a 1.96 ERA in three starts.
The Dodgers continue to blaze their way through the second half of the season with a 9-1 record in their last 10 games. After taking three of four games last week in a crucial road series against St. Louis, they went on to beat Tampa Bay three straight times over the weekend at home. The sweep left Los Angeles 67-50 overall and 34-25 at Dodger Stadium. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of its last 10 games.
Everything has been going right for the Dodgers over the past several weeks. They are now ranked sixth in the NL in scoring with an average of 4.2 runs a game and third in pitching with team ERA of 3.34. They will go with Ricky Nolasco as their starter in this game. He joined the team in July and is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA. On the year, the right-hander is 8-9 with an ERA of 3.65.
Free MLB Pick
As hot as the Dodgers have been there is no solid reason to start betting against them now despite the high money line for this game. Both starters should be able to keep the score low for most of the game but in the end the free MLB pick is with Los Angeles to squeeze-out the win.
Los Angeles 4 New York 3
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