We have an abbreviated slate as the new series will begin, in most cases, on Friday, but there's still plenty of opportunity to make some bank in MLB betting market
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Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres: Hated Rivalry?
I don't consider this much of a rivalry but I'm sure that more was expected out of the 64-69 San Diego Padres and the Pads have not delivered as the Dodgers are 11.5 games ahead of the Padres where the NL West Division is concerned.
The Padres, who aren't mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, can look at this one way. Either win 3 out of 4 games or sweep this series to keep the paper thin playoff hopes alive. This appears to be the impossible task for the Padres as they have lost 7 out of their last 10 games while the Dodgers are on a 3 game winning streak, winners of 8 out of their last 10 games.
Los Angeles has been winning with their pitching as they're a weak offensive ball club. With no Kershaw or Greinke pitching tonight, this gives the home town Pads a glimmer of hope in what appears to be a must win situation.
At the midpoint of this season, Kemp had nothing going for himself whatsoever but he's remained healthy and actually has a shot at 100 RBI's Considering from where he came from that would be an amazing accomplishment. Kemp leads the Padres with just a .266 batting average to go along with 17 HR and 85 RBI. He's looking for his career 200th home run and has hit .333 this season against his former club. Look for Matt Kemp to be a factor in this game. Injuries have took their toll on his season and career and this would be a great opportunity to basically get back at his old team even though he decided to leave them.
Of course, Justin Upton is another threat for San Diego. His power numbers are still there, but his batting average has dropped significantly during the season to just .253 to go along with 24 HR and 72 RBI. San Diego could very well win this game and upset L.A, but Colin Rea (2-2, 5.95) will need to show more than he's shown in this season as a starter. I have no faith in the Dodgers offense. Make the under your MLB pick for this game.
Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals: Great Spot For Washington
Any spot against the Atlanta Braves is a positive as the Braves are a terrible ball club that's just experimenting with their players for the rest of the season and not really looking to win ball games. Thus far, the experiment has failed. The Nats get a great pitching match-up in Jordan Zimmerman (11-8, 3.45) vs. Matt Wisler. The Nationals are 6.5 games behind the Mets, but have played much better baseball lately, winning 6 out of their last 10 games. If Washington can't win a series against the Atlanta Braves, who have lost 8 straight games, they don't deserve to be in the playoffs.
Although he's had a sub-par season at 16 HR, 67 RBI, and a .237 BA, Ryan Zimmerman has picked the perfect time to catch fire. In his last 7 games, he batting .414 with 6 HR and 12 RBI.
Zimmerman's presence in this game could even be more important as we don't know the status of superstar Bryce Harper, who left Wednesday's game with tightness in his left glute. This game basically comes down to Zimmerman pitching and Zimmerman leading the offense against a very hittable Matt Wisler (5-5, 5.22). The moneyline is too steep, but Washington should crush the Braves in tonight's match-up with the MLB odds market providing run line value.