Bet on Kershaw in Rockies vs. Dodgers Game 3

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:25 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 1:25 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Dodgers have dominated the Colorado Rockies with Clayton Kershaw on the mound in Southern California, which makes them worth the high price in the market Wednesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League West affair.

Power outage
Colorado has scored just three runs in dropping the first two games of this series versus Los Angeles, including a 4-2 setback as +161 road underdogs Tuesday, while going 'under' the betting total of 7. The Rockies will struggle to create opportunities on the base paths in this affair, considering they’ve hit just .195 versus tonight’s opposing starter at this venue.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise has put together a forgettable 28-43 record in the month of June.


Gaining traction
Los Angeles sits 5.5 games back of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West standings, but it must perform better in front of its home fans—posting a 17-20 record in that situation. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is hitting .321 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in June, while also leaving the yard three times in his career versus Wednesday’s scheduled starter in the other dugout.

MLB handicappers will find that the squad is a dominating 15-5 record as home favorites of -200 to -225 since the start of the 2012 campaign.


De La Rosa
Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa (6-5, 4.12 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 7-4 road victory over the San Francisco Giants last time out, as he allowed two runs and five hits over three innings of work. The left-hander is 3-3 with a 4.66 ERA in seven road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .239 against him (.218 at home). In 18 lifetime appearances (14 starts) versus the Dodgers, De La Rosa has registered a 3-9 record and 5.74 ERA, including a 1-4 mark and 3.70 ERA in 10 appearances at this historic stadium.


Kershaw
Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.93 ERA) has strung together three consecutive wins, including a 4-3 home victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks last week—giving up a single run and eight hits over eight frames. The left-hander is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA in four home starts, as he’s issued just two free passes and struck out 34 batters in 29 combined innings.Kershaw will look to build on his 5-2 record and 1.58 ERA in 10 career home starts in this series.


Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Dodgers as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve proven victorious in Kershaw’s last four starts as a favorite of -201 or higher in the betting market.

Free MLB Pick:  Los Angeles Dodgers

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