The New York Mets have been frightfully bad on the road this season, and on Friday night they face the added hurdle of encountering one of the best pitchers in baseball as they meet up with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, in MLB betting action that begins at 10:10 PM ET. Keep in mind as always that customers at BetAnySports have the opportunity to challenge the baseball odds on a continual basis while the game is happening, through the facilities of Live Betting Extra.
New York is now sitting at the .500 mark, with a record of 40-40, and they are 3.5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East. As far as the wild-card race is concerned, they are 3.5 games out of that as well. The Dodgers, at 45-35, lead the National League West by a game and half over the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
The Mets send a guy with overpowering stuff to the mound in rookie Noah Syndergaard, who is coming off a particularly strong outing against the Cincinnati Reds that brought his record to 3-4 with a 3.59 ERA. The Dodgers counter with Clayton Kershaw, the three-time Cy Young Award winner who has pitched reasonably well, but only has a 5-6 record to show for it.
In the baseball odds that have been posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Dodgers are huge favorites:
Los Angeles Dodgers (Kershaw) -265
New York Mets (Syndergaard) +245
Over 6 runs -110
Under 6 runs -110
The Mets are just 11-26 away from home, and some of the offensive numbers are pitiful, as they have hit just .226 and averaged 2.8 runs per game. If there is anything encouraging – and we use that term loosely – they are at least not very far off their power figures, like slugging percentage (.342) compared to what they do at home. But when a team carries that kind of record as the visitor, and has scored just a single run over their last three games AT CITI FIELD, we imagine there is a lot of cause for concern. Here is what is rather astounding – over the last 10 games, the Mets have scored more than two runs only ONCE. And maybe what is even more remarkable is that they have won four of those games.
As BetAnySports customers know, the Mets have more pitching right now than they have had in years. And one of the results is that in the last seven games, they have ALLOWED more than two runs only once. It is then no surprise that they have played eight games under the total out of their last 10.
Syndergaard's last outing was kind of brilliant, as he went eight innings against the Cincinnati Reds, giving up just one run on five hits. But he only struck out five. That was in stark contrast to his June 15 start against the Toronto Blue Jays, when he fanned 11 over six innings, giving up only two hits. He was trashed by the Padres on June 2, allowing seven runs in four innings, but he also struck out 10. His ratio of 53 strikeouts to 10 walks is outstanding.
Kershaw's ratio is a little better, although his ERA of 3.20 is the highest it has been since his rookie year, and his ratio of hits to runs is less than 2-to-1. The WHIP ratio is very strong (1.04), and Kershaw is striking out more batters per nine innings (11.8) than he ever has in his career. Last year's MVP has a 4-2 record at home, allowing only 33 hits in 46 2/3 innings and a whopping 13.5 strikeouts for every nine innings. So he obviously gets better at Dodger Stadium, where he has a 2.14 career ERA.
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