MLB Picks: Bet Yankees +165 vs. Dodgers Wednesday

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:44 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the hottest teams in baseball, but they cool off in facing one of the best pitchers in the game Wednesday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this interleague matchup at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET.

Check out our Wednesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Need to score some runs 

New York finds itself 8.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East standings, as it suffered a 3-2 setback to Los Angeles as +152 road underdogs Tuesday, while going UNDER the betting total of 7. 

The Yankees rank 23rd in baseball in runs scored, while they’ve gone 4-4 as road underdogs of +150 to +175 this season.

Red hot

Los Angeles is 27-6 in its last 33 games, which includes a stellar 10-1 mark since the All-Star break.   

The club enters this contest with a comfortable 3.5-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West standings. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the Dodgers are 17-8 as home favorites of -175 to -200, with the UNDER going 15-8-2 in that situation. 

Kuroda 

Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.51 ERA) has compiled a stellar 3-0 record and 0.69 ERA in four starts this month, as he comes off a 2-0 road victory over the Texas Rangers last time out. 

The right-hander is 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 11 road outings, issuing 14 walks and striking out 47 batters in 70.2 combined innings.

Kuroda has posted a 3-2 record and 2.21 ERA in six interleague starts as a member of the Bronx Bombers. 

Kershaw 

Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 1.96 ERA) has won five of his last six appearances, including a 2-1 home victory over the Cincinnati Reds last time out, as he allowed a single run and six hits over eight frames. 

The left-hander is 6-4 with a 1.74 ERA in 12 home outings, with opposing hitters batting .199 against him. 

In 15 career interleague starts, Kershaw has gone 5-3 with a 3.02 ERA, including a no-decision effort in a 8-6 road loss to the Yankees on June 27, 2010.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Yankees with their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 9-4 in Kuroda’s last 13 starts as an underdog. 

MLB Pick:  New York Yankees +165