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Baseball Matchup - New York Mets Los Angeles Dodgers Odds Preview

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July 20, 7:10 PM | GrassCiti Field

Los Angeles Dodgers vs New York Mets Odds

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Citi Field hosts an MLB battle between the New York Mets and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

Aaron Harang, with a record of 6-5 on the season, gets the ball for the Dodgers, while the Mets trot Johan Santana to the mound in this one. He is 6-6 so far in 2012.

View LA Dodgers vs NY Mets Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Mets as -145 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 7.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 7-ranked Mets and the National League No. 2-rated Dodgers in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features New York's National League No. 4-ranked scoring average of 4.6 runs per game, against a Dodgers offense rated No. 15 and scoring 3.8 runs per game in the league. The Mets have averaged 8.8 hits per game to date this season, more than the Dodgers hitters have managed (8.2 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Los Angeles owns the National League's No. 8-rated road mark, allowing 4.2 runs per game on the highway. New York, on the other hand, rates No. 8 in scoring at home.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Phillies on July 18. Bettors who backed the Dodgers at -118 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Los Angeles won a close affair on Wednesday in their last outing, defeating Philadelphia 5-3 in extra innings at Dodger Stadium.

In their last action, New York was a 9-5 winner on the road against the Nationals. Bettors on New York at +125 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (14) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Mets enjoyed a 9-5 victory at the expense of the Nationals on Thursday, with R.A. Dickey throwing 7 1/3 innings of 10-hit ball at Nationals Park.

Los Angeles Dodgers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing NY Mets are 0-10
After playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After a win are 2-8

New York Mets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing LA Dodgers are 10-0
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

A few Dodgers at Mets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Dodgers' last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of LA Dodgers' last 10 games when playing NY Mets
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of LA Dodgers' last 12 games
LA Dodgers are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games when playing NY Mets
NY Mets are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers
NY Mets are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games when playing LA Dodgers
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets' last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of NY Mets' last 10 games when playing LA Dodgers

Next up:
LA Dodgers at NY Mets, Saturday, July 21