Keep Riding Streaking Dodgers as They Open Second Half in Miami

Kevin Stott

Friday, July 14, 2017 2:10 PM UTC

Friday, Jul. 14, 2017 2:10 PM UTC

The Dodgers are 15-3 L18 Friday games and riding into the Sunshine State with a 6-game Winning Streak to face Miami at Marlins Park on Friday night. Let’s look at the odds for this opener which sees Dan Straily on the mound for Miami vs. Brandon McCarthy for L.A.

Odds Overview

Los Angeles Dodgers at Miami Marlins (FS-Florida, SNLA Spanish, DTV 654, 7:10 p.m. ET): Right-hander Brandon McCarthy and the Dodgers (61-39) face RHP Dan Straily and Miami (41-46) at Marlins Park in Miami on Friday night in Game 1 of this 3-game series in the first game for both of MLB’s second half at the Site of Tuesday’s 2017 All-Star Game. Sportsbooks offshore have visiting Los Angeles as-126 chalks (BookMaker) here with the Total at 8½o -120 (BetOnline) with the Dodgers -1½ at +130 and Miami +1½ -140 (Heritage) in the Run Line marketplace.


Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers (+450 to win World Series, Intertops) and Manager Dave Roberts begin MLB’s 2nd Half with the best overall Record (61-29), but if there’s one area this team can improve on, it’s winning on the Road consistently where Los Angeles is 22-18. In their last game before the All-Star Break on Sunday against the Royals in La La Land, Los Doyers (463 RF-300, +163 RD, #1 MLB) had a Starting Lineup of: 2B Forsythe, SS Seager, LF Taylor, 3B Turner, 1B Bellinger, C Barnes, SS Hernández, RF Puig, CF Thompson with Clayton Kershaw (35/1 to win NL MVP, 5Dimes) getting the rock and pitching fantastic, going the full 9 Innings to get the Win, allowing 2 Hits and 2 ER and striking out 13 to improve to 14-2. That’s very good. LA won 5-2 as All-Star 3B Justin Turner bashed 2 HRs, had 3 RBIs and decided to let his orange beard grow another day to match the color of his National League All-Star uniform.

Chase Utley and the Dodgers (+225 to win NL, 5Dimes) have W6 straight games (W9-10), outscoring opponents 24-14 along the way in Home sweeps of the Diamondbacks and Royals and were 52-38 in the Money Line market in the 1st Half. Los Angeles is 6-0 L6 after an Off Day, 12-2 L14 Game 1’s and a strong 15-3 L18 Fridays. The Under is 9-1-1 L11 Dodgers games vs. Starters with WHIPs under 1.15 while the Over is 18-6-2 L26 vs. Teams with Losing Records and 7-3-1 L11 on Road.


Miami Marlins

The Marlins (500/1 to win World Series, Bovada) are just 21-21 at Home and 10½ games back of the NL East-leading Nationals (+750 to win World Series, and have W3. With a decent 2nd Half start, the could possibly make a run at a Wild Card spot if everything goes right. In their last game on Sunday, a 10-8 extra inning Win at SF to sweep the struggling Giants, Manager Don Mattingly and the Fish (410 RF-429 RA) put out a Starting Lineup of: 2B Gordon, RF Stanton, CF Yelich, RF Ozuna, 1B Bour, 3B Prado, C Realmuto, SS Riddle with Dominican José Ureña getting the start. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton had 2 solo HRs and scored 4 Runs for Miami in the victory.

Miami (100/1 to win NL, 5Dimes) is 6-0 L6 vs. the NL West, 6-1 L7 Fridays and 5-0 L5 Straily Starts. The Over is 9-3-2 L14 Marlins games against the NL West while the Under is 4-0 L4 Marlins Friday games and 4-0-2 their L6 at Marlins Park.


Miami Weather Forecast, Series & Team Trends, Pick

The Weather Channel forecast for Miami on Friday night is currently calling for Partly Cloudy skies, a Low of 80° with Light E Winds 5 to 10 mph. McCarthy allowed just 1 Hit in 6.0 vs. Miami on May 21 and looked pretty good in his last start (coming off the DL), pitching 6.0 IP and allowing 2 ER vs. Kansas City, while Fish hurler Dan Straily (2.95 ERA, 8.25 K:BB Ratio since June) is coming off a career-best outing, going 8.1 IP and allowing only 1 ER, so both Starters should be confident and this could have a slow start, despite all the big bats.


The Under is 5-0 the L5 in Miami in this series, however, the Over is a powerful 42-16-6 L64 (72.4%) in this series, making the Total a stay-away here, especially with both teams well-rested and Straily (3.31) and McCarthy (3.12) pitching decent. With Rookie slugging sensation Cod Bellinger (17/1 to win NL MVP, 5Dimes) and the Dodgers playing such great Baseball, 7-0 L7 McCarthy Starts with 5+ Days of Rest and 47-16 L63 vs. Teams Losing Records, backing the visitors here is the only MLB pick for this 2nd Half opener in what should be a close game.

Predicted Final Score: Dodgers 5, Marlins 3Free MLB Pick: Dodgers -123Best Line Offered: GTBets

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