There is no one who has more wins this season than Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers. And on Sunday he will be going after his ninth victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates, in Major League Baseball betting action that is set to begin at 8:05 PM ET at Dodger Stadium.
The Pirates will counter with Edinson Volquez, who is 2-4 with a 4.30 ERA and is coming off a so-so outing last time out against the New York Mets.
Pittsburgh has won two of three thus far against the Dodgers, improving their record on the road to 9-17, which, they are happy to report, is not the worst in the majors anymore (Cleveland and Miami are worse). The Dodgers threw some lumber around on Saturday, with their best scoring day of the season in a 12-2 victory. It was a big day for Hanley Ramirez, who has responded to his move into the cleanup spot with eight RBI's in his last five games.
Right now the Dodgers are sitting with a 30-27 record, which is 6.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. They would be one of the two wild card teams if the season ended today (along with St. Louis), but they are only a game ahead of Colorado and Miami. The Pirates are 25-30, in fourth place and 7.5 games in back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.
In the baseball betting odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at VietBet, the Dodgers are sizable favorites with Greinke on the hill:
Los Angeles Dodgers (Greinke - R) -168
Pittsburgh Pirates (Volquez - R) +158
Under 7 Runs -120
Over 7 Runs +100
Greinke is having a season that makes it look very much like he could contend for his second Cy Young Award. He is currently 8-1 with a 2.18 ERA, and is tied with Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals for the league lead in victories. he beat Cincinnati 6-3 on Tuesday, and that ended an incredible streak of 22 consecutive starts in which he had allowed two earned runs or fewer.
It is apparently not that critical that he gets robust offensive support, but if it is up to Ramirez (who went four for four, including a homer, on Saturday) or Yasiel Puig, that is exactly what he will get. The Dodgers have suffered from player losses, among them Carl Crawford, who is out with an ankle injury. But Puig has played through everything and continues to impress VietBet patrons. He has now reached base safely in 32 consecutive games.
The eyes of many baseball bettors these days has been on Matt Kemp, who has been moved to left field. Kemp had gone 0-for-18 in the last six games in which he appeared until Saturday, when he went 2-for-4 with two RBI's. He's now hitting .248 on the season.
Last year's National League MVP, Andrew McCuichen, has gone hitless in the series (0-for-11) and has seen his average dip below .300. Judging from his past performance against Greinke, his prospects don't look good, as he has hit just .190 for his career against the Dodger right-hander. Going with the Dodgers -1.5 runs at +125 may be worth exploring.