There were a lot of people who were skeptical about what the Los Angeles Dodgers could do once Clayton Kershaw went down with his injury. Well, the reality of the situation is that even though Kershaw is on the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disc, he may not be coming back to action at all this season. For the time being, the Dodgers have shut him down, and they are looking for help in the starting rotation. One of the places they may seek that help, ironically, is the Tampa Bay Rays, who are going with the pitcher the Dodgers might be interested in. This game will begin at 10:05 PM ET at Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine, and if you are signed up with BetAnySports you will have the opportunity to continue the action even after the first pitch is thrown, as you can partake in Live Betting Ultra, which makes you practically a participant.
The Rays are 30-60 and in last place in the American League East. So obviously they are one of those teams that has to look to the future, and that means they might be selling before the trade deadline. Chris Archer, who was fifth in the voting for the Cy Young Award last season, is said to be one of those players who could be on the move, and the Dodgers are said to be contemplating an offer for him. They certainly have to fill the gap somehow after losing Kershaw, if they hope to be competitive with the San Francisco Giants, who have lost eight out of their last nine games to help the Dodgers climb to within 2-1/2 of the lead, but are certainly not going to stay cold. Archer currently has a 5-13 record, and he has given up 20 home runs, but he also leads the league in strikeouts, and he is someone who could benefit from the change in scenery.
The Dodgers will be going with Bud Norris (5-9, 4.56 ERA), who had to come out of the bullpen in his last outing, giving up a home run in the 16th inning to lose a game to the St. Louis Cardinals. Norris, who has been in Baltimore and Houston previous to this, has not faced Tampa Bay since the 2014 season.
In the MLB odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Dodgers are favorite:
Los Angeles has a 30-18 record at home, despite hitting only .237, and that is because they have gotten very good pitching. With their bullpen, they have a big edge over Tampa Bay, which has blown 61% of their leads after the seventh inning.
Norris has not pitched well in his last two outings, giving up 10 earned runs in 10 innings. But both of those games were on the road, and at home he has been much more respectable, with a 3.14 ERA. So one could expect a better performance out of him in this game. And there is a case to be made that he can show some brilliance; in starts on June 26 and July 1, against the Mets and Rockies, respectively, he tossed 13 scoreless innings and gave up only six hits with one walk, striking out 16. The conditions may be right, as Tampa Bay is hitting only .230 against right-handers. So BetAnySports customers may want to keep that in mind.
Let’s talk some more trends here. While the Dodgers have played six of their last seven games over the total. All of those games have been a visiting uniform. There is an unbelievable trend toward the “under” for them at home, as they have play 34 of their 48 games exceeding the number posted by oddsmakers.
It is very important that Tampa Bay is able to hit its way on base against Norris. When they have had fewer hits than their opponents, they have lost 45 out of 52 games. However, they do rank eighth in the major leagues in home runs, although we would have to say that Archer, who has given up 20 round-trippers this season, might be more in danger of allowing gopher balls.
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