New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers in MLB Betting Odds

MLB wagering interest swings to the New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers battle on Saturday at Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers try to pick up a win on home turf and reward those moneyline betting.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will turn to Zack Greinke and his 19-3 record as they look for a win in this one, while the New York Mets send Noah Syndergaard (9-7) to the hill.

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Chicago Cubs Open as Moneyline Underdog vs the St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals get a visit from the Chicago Cubs in MLB baseball betting action on Saturday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Kyle Hendricks, with a record of 8-7 on the season, gets the ball for the Chicago Cubs, while the St. Louis Cardinals trot Jaime Garcia to the mound in this one. He is 10-6 so far in 2015.

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Kershaw Not Himself in 8 Playoff Starts

Clayton Kershaw Dugout

Over the past few seasons Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has built a reputation as the best pitcher in baseball. Unfortunately that reputation hasn’t carried over to the postseason. He has a career 1-5 record in the playoffs with an ugly 5.12 ERA. He has, however, maintained a strong strikeout rate in the playoffs, averaging 10.2 K’s over nine innings. In his most recent start vs the Mets in late July, Kershaw registered a complete game.

Taking the hill for the Mets is Jacob deGrom, who’s making his first career playoff start. The Mets have responded well when deGrom’s on the mound for road games, winning eight of his last nine road starts. 

The Mets won the season series between the two teams, winning four out of seven games with each team hosting a series. One of those wins included 7.2 innings from deGrom. He only allowed two hits in the game and had eight strikeouts.

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MLB Futures: 2015 World Series Odds

Toronto Blue Jays World Series Favorites

Now that the AL and NL Wild Card Games are in the books, the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs have officially entered the dance and the stage is set for the MLB playoffs. Unsurprisingly, the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays remain as the chalk heading into the ALDS opposite the Texas Rangers at Bovada.


Kazmir vs Cueto - Game 2 ALDS Odds

Scott Kazmir Astors

The Astros will look to grab a commanding 2-0 lead in their five-game series vs the Royals when they send Scott Kazmir to the mound to take on Johnny Cueto. Kazmir has struggled in eight career playoff games, putting up a 1-2 record with a 5.20 ERA and has the same amount of strikeouts as he does walks, 28.

Cueto hasn’t fared much better in his limited playoff history. In 8.2 innings pitched as a member of the Reds, Cueto has allowed five runs with only three strikeouts. Cueto also hit a major rough patch in September, posting a 1-4 record with a 6.11 ERA.

As bad as Cueto was in September, Kazmir was surprisingly worse. In six September starts he allowed eight home runs and has a 6.52 ERA, allowing batters to hit .328 against him. He’s 1-6 in his last seven starts His first start as a member of the Astros came against the Royals, and it was a success. In seven innings of work he only limited the Royals to three hits, and allowed zero runs.

The Astros have been road warriors as of late, going 5-1 in their last six road games.

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MLB Division Series Opening Prices

New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes watching the ball after he hits a home run.

The Toronto Blue Jays enter their American League Division Series with the Texas Rangers hotter than any other playoff team. The Jays have gone 40-18 in their final two months of the regular season, which has Toronto as a massive -255 favorite to win the series according to 5Dimes.

The Jays will start ace David Price in Game 1 with Marcus Stroman, Marco Estrada and R.A. Dickey following in order. If the series goes to Game 5, you can expect Price to take the mound again.


World Series Betting Odds Tracker

With the MLB playoffs now set we look at how the World Series contenders’ odds have risen and fallen over the course of 162 games. All the teams in the hunt, as well as their futures lines from online sportsbook Bovada, are listed in the chart below; make sure to check back this postseason for odds updates.


Game 2 Odds - Blue Jays vs Rangers

Marcus Stroman Blue Jays

Game 1 in their American League Division Series vs the Rangers wasn’t the worst possible outcome for the Blue Jays, but it was close. Their hired gun David Price underperformed on the mound, while their two best hitters, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista, left the game due to injuries. In a must win game, the Jays will send 24-year-old Marcus Stroman to hill. Stroman has been excellent since returning from a torn ACL on September 12, posting a 1.67 ERA and four wins in 27 innings pitched.

The Rangers will counter with their big trade deadline acquisition, Cole Hamels. Since coming over to the American League, Hamels has gone 7-1 in 12 starts for the Rangers. In 13 career playoff starts, Hamels has a 7-4 record with a 3.09 ERA. He’s been especially sharp in division series starts, allowing seven total runs in five starts while averaging 9.9 strikeouts over nine innings.

The current Rangers lineup doesn’t have a lot of experience vs Stroman, only combining for 21 total at bats. In those 21 at bats, Stroman has been dominant, only allowing two hits and no walks. The Blue Jays have fared much better vs Hamels. In 70 at bats they’ve combined for a .314 batting average.

Hamels is 0-4 in career vs Toronto in four starts, and he’s only been a larger underdog once in his career (+192), which came this summer in his last start as a member of the Phillies.

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Ventura has Been Streaking for Royals

The Kansas City Royals may have surprised some people when they decided to send Yordano Ventura to the mound in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros. The Royals acquired Johnny Cueto to fill the role of staff ace and Edinson Volquez has years of experience in the MLB, but the relatively new Ventura has been great as of late.

Ventura was demoted for only one day earlier this season in July, but was quickly recalled after Jason Vargas was placed on the DL, and has since been great. Since being put back into the rotation, Ventura is 9-1 with a 3.10 ERA across 13 starts.

The Royals looked shaky in September, posting their lone losing month of the season, but enter the postseason on a five-game winning streak.

The Astros were not expected to make the postseason this season, but after a dominating performance against the New York Yankees in the Wild Card game there is no doubt that they belong.

Houston has relied heavily on the long ball this season, finishing second in baseball with 230 home runs in the regular season. That trend did not end in the ALWC when the Astros scored two of their three runs on solo jacks.

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Cardinals Have Had Lester's Number

The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are no strangers to each other and will square off once again at Friday in Game 1 of their National League Divisional Series at Busch Stadium. The Cubbies, fresh off topping Pittsburgh in the National League Wild Card Game, don’t appear to be intimidated when it comes to playing on the road. Chicago is 10-1 in their last 11 games away from Wrigley Field.

Shark Bites
  • The Over is 7-1-1 in their last nine meetings.
  • Yadier Molina is dealing with a thumb injury but is expected to play in Game 1.
  • Lester is 1-4 against St. Louis this season.

John Lester and John Lackey will take the bump for the Cards and Cubs, respectively. Lester has allowed two or fewer runs in five out of his last six starts to end the season, while Lackey has always historically played well in St. Louis (9-4, 1.93 ERA in 2015). The 36-year-old has faced the Cubs twice at home this season, allowing just three runs in 14 2/3 innings of work.

Despite their close records, both clubs couldn’t be more different when it comes to pitching in the postseason. The Cubs are playing in the playoffs for the first time since 2003, while the Cardinals are making their fifth-straight appearance.

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