It has been proven over and over again that money cannot buy a championship. If that were indeed the case, the team with the highest payroll would simply be handed the title without having to play any games. The LA Dodgers, favorites in the MLB odds, are trying to buck that trend by spending and winning big, and so far, they are holding up their end of the bargain. They will have a bit of a tricky series this week when they face the Philadelphia Phillies on the road, with the second game of a 3-game series set to go on Wednesday night.
A Quick Report on the Expert MLB Betting Pick on LA Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies & TV InfoTime: Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. ETVenue: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaNational TV: NoneOpening line: LA Dodgers -180, Philadelphia +170The Dodgers (60-45) are in the middle of a tough division fight with the San Francisco Giants right now, and while it’s one that they are winning, they also knew that they would have to make changes in order to stay ahead of the game. With money not really an option, the Dodgers got some pitching help by making deals that landed them Alex Wood, Mat Latos, Luis Avilan, and Jim Johnson. This is a team that was already very good defensively, and you can now argue that they just got a whole lot better. Things seem to be working out just fine, as the Dodgers come into this series on a 4-game winning streak that has saw them open up a 3-game lead over the Giants in the West. Brett Anderson (5-6, 3.14 ERA) will start on Wednesday. The Dodgers have lost 3 of the last 4 games that Anderson has started.If, at the end of the first half of the season, you had told me that the Philadelphia Phillies (41-65) would be one of the hottest teams in baseball when August rolled around, I might very well have laughed in your face. The joke would have been on me, though, as Philly are on a roll right now, going 8-2 in their last 10 games. It gets better than that, though, as they are also 12-3 in the second half, which makes you wonder what was going on through the first 80 games of the season. The timing of this run seems particularly odd, as the best players on the Philadelphia squad were all shipped out at the trade deadline. Whatever the reason is for this streak, you have to give them credit for not just rolling over and dying. Aaron Harang (5-11, 3.97 ERA) broke an 8-game losing skid with a win in his last start, and will be looking to try and build on that.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Dodgers’ last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
- LA Dodgers is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers
- Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home