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MLB Sportsbook Games – Taking A Look At This Week’s National League Matchups

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 4/5/2011 6:04:23 PM
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Online betting players are about to get into the swing of things when it comes to baseball as the regular season kicked off last week, and today, we’re going to focus on the top three matchups to watch in the National League. Two pairs of division rivals will square off, while two pitchers who got off to poor starts look to rectify that on Thursday.

Dodgers Rockies Betting – Tuesday, 8:40 PM ET

The Dodgers will give the ball to Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 0.00), who was brilliant on Opening Day in a duel against two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, beating San Francisco 2-1. The Rockies will counter with Jhoulys Chacin (9-11, 3.28), who had his first start of the season pushed back because of issues with his hand. This will be a matchup of 23-year-olds who are overflowing with potential, but Kershaw is probably a little further ahead than Chacin, who is 3-3 in seven games against the Dodgers with a 2.84 ERA. Kershaw is 5-3 in 13 starts against the Rockies with a 3.83 ERA, but 3-2 in seven trips to Coors Field with a 5.59 ERA.

Coors Field is known as arguably the biggest “hitters’ park” in baseball, and even Chacin has a 4.15 ERA in 20 games at home. The Dodgers are 7-3 in their last 10 trips to Colorado, so they aren’t phased heading into Coors Field and after his performance on Opening Day, it’s really tough to bet against Kershaw in this West matchup.

Betting Edge: Los Angeles Dodgers

Mets Phillies Betting – Wednesday, 7:05 PM ET

The Phillies may be favored at home by MLB betting odds in the second of their three-game set against their East rivals, and they’ll send out Joe Blanton (9-6, 4.82 in 2010), the forgotten starter in Philadelphia with all the fuss over Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt. Blanton has fared well against the Mets, going 3-1 in seven starts with a 2.64 ERA, and he’ll want to put on a good performance to show that he won’t be the weak link in a rotation that is being put up there with the best in history. The Mets will go with Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 10.38), who didn’t have a good outing in his 2011 debut, allowing five runs on four hits in 4.1 innings of a 6-2 loss in Florida, but more alarmingly, he walked four and struck out two. He has a decent 6-4 record in 13 career starts against the Phillies, but his 4.52 ERA is worrying, and he has an 8.17 ERA in five trips to Citizens Bank Park.

We expect Blanton to come out with a vengeance to quiet the critics, while Pelfrey has some things to work out. The Phillies are still driving in runs without Chase Utley (second in the National League in runs scored after Opening Weekend), so we’re sticking with the home team, who has won six of their last 10 at Citizens Bank Park against the Mets.

Betting Edge: Philadelphia Phillies

Braves Brewers Betting – Thursday, 1:40 PM ET

The Brewers should be slight MLB betting favorites at home in this matchup of pitchers who didn’t have a good start to the season. Atlanta will send out Tommy Hanson (0-1, 7.36) struggled in Washington, lasting just 3.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits (although three runs were earned) in a 6-3 loss. Shaun Marcum (0-1, 5.79) didn’t have a solid debut for the Brewers, giving up four runs on four hits in 4.2 innings, and while he struck out seven, Marcum walked five in a 4-2 loss in Cincinnati. He would do well to talk to Halladay, his former teammate in Toronto, on how to handle the switch from the American to National League, because the Brewers need him, especially early in the season with Zack Greinke on the disabled list.

Hanson is 1-2 in four starts against the Brewers with a 3.81 ERA, and he is 1-1 in two starts at Miller Park, while Marcum has never faced the Braves and has just one start in Miller Park, going 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA, although it may be different to be on the home side. The Brewers are 3-7 in their last 10 trips to Milwaukee, and we think Marcum will press to make an impression on his new fans, so we’re giving the nod to Atlanta in our sports betting picks.

Betting Edge: Atlanta Braves



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