Rookie Pitcher Will Give Dodgers Slight Edge​ In Tonight's MLB Action

Dodger's pitcher De Leon during a game, apparently screaming

Swinging Johnson

Monday, September 12, 2016 5:34 PM GMT

The cross-coast series between the Dodgers and Yankees begins tonight in the Bronx as both teams jockey for postseason contention. Let’s review the MLB odds and cash a winner.

Yesterday we cashed a nice underdog in our MLB picks as the Kansas City Royals defeated the White Sox, with their ace Chris Sale on the hill. The MLB odds makers made the defending champs just too enticing to ignore as we got a healthy return of +146 on our hard earned money and upped our record to 73-49 (59.84%) and +22.42 units on the season all based on one unit plays.

Let’s get back to it as the Dodgers fly into the Big Apple with visions of an NL West title on their minds while the Yankees continue to hang tough in the AL East. As the season winds down we are now poised to enter the postseason with plenty of cash for the playoffs and beyond. Let’s get to it.

 

Young Arms - Lots at Stake
The LA Dodgers are three games in front of the San Francisco Giants for the NL West title with 20 games remaining in the 2016 season. They will be pinning their hopes on young right-hander Jose DeLeon (1-0, 6.00, 1.00) to start the three-game series off with a victory. DeLeon made his first MLB start against the Padres last Sunday when he tossed six innings of four run (three earned) ball along with nine strikeouts, leading to a 7-4 win. The 24-year-old rookie was enjoying a sizzling campaign with Triple-A Oklahoma City, registering a 7-1 mark with a 2.61 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 16 starts.

The Yankees will counter with a young arm of their own in Bryan Mitchell (1-0, 0.00, 1.20) who will also make his second start of the season. In his debut, he silenced the bats of the hard-hitting Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday when he went five full innings of no run ball and allowed only four hits on the evening in the Bombers 2-0 win over their division rivals.

 

Betting Analysis
This will be the first meeting between these clubs this season so there is no recent historical data to review. However, it’s safe to say both teams have plenty to play for with a division title hanging in the balance for the Dodgers and a wildcard berth in the offing for the Yankees. Both teams lost their respective games on Sunday with the Dodgers winning six of their last seven before dropping their final game of the series to the Marlins while the Yankees saw their seven-games winning streak snapped with a 4-2 loss to the Rays yesterday.

So we have two teams playing winning baseball, with much at stake and untested pitchers on the mound for each. Seems kind of a like a coin flip doesn’t it? Even their offenses are similar in terms of run production, team batting average and slugging percentage with both in the middle of bottom third in those categories.

The one major difference I see here is between the starting pitchers. At first blush, it appears as though the Yankees’ Bryan Mitchell, recently off the DL after sustaining a turf toe injury, would have the edge after his five innings of shutout ball. However, I like this kid Jose DeLeon who has been active all season and tearing it up in a Pacific Coast League known for tons of runs and bashing pitchers into submission. DeLeon thrived in that environment and struck out nine in his debut against the Padres. Unfortunately, the MLB odds makers are aligning with me and making the visitors the favorite. There’s a reason why and I believe that’s the key.

 

Free MLB Pick: Dodgers -127 
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline
Swinger's MLB Record: 73-49, +22.42 units

 

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