This matchup is the best series of the weekend, featuring the two World Series combatants from last fall. Does Boston win again or will L.A. earn a measure of revenge?
The Los Angeles Dodgers are in Bean-Town to battle Boston. L.A. arrives on the second-longest losing streak of the year, having dropped their last three at home to San Diego. As great as the Dodgers have played all season, they have not played that well on the road with a 23-20 record (-5.3 units), which includes having lost six of their previous nine in the traveling gray’s.
Boston did what they were supposed to do before the All-Star, beat terrible teams and they went 5-1 at Toronto and Detroit. It does not appear the Red Sox will catch New York in the AL East, but they have climbed back into the wild-card race which gives them the best opportunity to return to the postseason. Plain and simple, the Red Sox have not done the job at Fenway Park in putting together a 20-20 record and are a pathetic -15.7 units for backers.
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The MLB odds have Los Angeles at around a -110 to -115 road favorite on Friday night.
Dodgers Weaknesses and Strengths
It is hard to find much wrong with the best team in baseball as manager Dave Roberts has with the Dodgers. They suffered a rare offensive funk in scoring 2.5 runs a game in losing series to the Padres, but over the course of 162 games, those bumps in the road will happen.
Normally this group can place a lot of pressure on opposing offenses with the likes of Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy and Justin Turner. With Corey Seager returning from the IL, the hope is he can get back to the player he was in 2016-17 and make this lineup even more lethal.
Roberts has the No. 2 pitching staff in baseball behind only Tampa Bay when looking at ERA and if they can get Rich Hill back, they are stacked Tonight’s expected starter is Kenta Maeda (7-5, 3.76 ERA), who has a tendency to fall in love with his curve and not trust the fastball enough.