MLB betting (September 13): Dodgers’ stunning slump reaches 11 games

Updated: September 12, 2017

Two pitchers making their third starts since injuries will battle tonight at AT&T Park as the NL-leading Dodgers try to snap a Los Angeles-record 11-game losing streak. The Dodgers will send lefty Clayton Kershaw to the mound while the Giants will hand the ball to Johnny Cueto; overall record: 295-16-266, +39.3 units


MLB best of the day: Los Angeles Dodgers (92-52, 40-29 away) @ San Francisco Giants (57-89, 33-38 home)
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
When: Wednesday, September 13, 12.15pm (AET)
Starters: Clayton Kershaw (LAD, 16-3, 2.15 ERA), Johnny Cueto (SF, 7-7, 4.43 ERA)
Prices: Los Angeles $1.39, San Francisco $3.32, O/U 6.5

Confirmed bet: +6.5/total (two units @ $1.88)

TIW says: We’re heading to the bottom of today’s MLB card for our best of the night as the slumping Dodgers again take on the slumped Giants. Clayton Kershaw has been moved up a day in the Los Angeles and seeks his 17th victory of the season in the middle contest of this three-game set. The left-hander will also be seeking to help the Dodgers halt their 11-game losing streak, with their lone win in the past 17 games a 1-0 victory with Kershaw on the mound.

The losing streak is now the Dodgers’ longest since moving to Los Angeles and worst for the franchise since the Brooklyn Dodgers lost 16 in a row in 1944. Kershaw, who leads the majors with a 2.15 ERA, can also move into a tie for the major-league lead in victories with Milwaukee’s Zach Davies. Los Angeles’ lead over the Washington Nationals for the National League’s top record has been slashed to 3.5 games after dropping an 8-6 decision in yesterday’s series opener in a rain-delayed affair that didn’t conclude until 2.10 am. Kershaw is making his third start after missing more than five weeks with a back injury.


The 29-year-old won 12 successive decisions before conceding four runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings while losing to the Colorado Rockies in his last outing. Kershaw is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts against the Giants this season and is 20-9 with a 1.62 ERA in 39 career appearances (38 starts). Yesterday’s win was only the fifth in the past 17 games for the Giants. Outfielders Denard Span and Jarrett Parker hit home runs in the highlights of a 12-hit night.

Even though the Giants have a disappointing 57-89 record, they have played the Dodgers tough in 2017, splitting their 14 meetings. Johnny Cueto is pitching for the third time since recovering from a forearm injury. The 31-year-old was an 18-game winner last season and won his first three starts this year before his campaign unravelled. Cueto is 1-1 with 5.21 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season and 6-7 with a 3.21 ERA in 16 career starts. Cueto is also coming off one of his best outings of the season. He held the Rockies to one run and five hits in five innings in an 11-3 win last Wednesday.


Other confirmed bets (card finalised)

New York Mets @ Chicago Cubs -1.5 (one unit @ $1.75)
Detroit Tigers +2.5/RL @ Cleveland Indians (one unit @ $1.83)
Atlanta Braves +1.5 @ Washington Nationals (one unit @ $1.74)
Houston Astros @ Los Angeles Angels WIN (one unit @ $2.05)
Cincinnati Reds @ St. Louis Cardinals -8.5 (one unit @ $1.95)


Today’s other games

Chicago White Sox @ Kansas City Royals
Miami Marlins @ Philadelphia Phillies
Baltimore Orioles @ Toronto Blue Jays
Oakland Athletics @ Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
Pittsburgh Pirates @ Milwaukee Brewers
Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers
San Diego Padres @ Minnesota Twins
Colorado Rockies @ Arizona Diamondbacks


Yesterday’s results: 3-0-1, +1.92 units

Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians +8.5/total (one unit @ $1.94) WIN (0-11)
Baltimore Orioles @ Toronto Blue Jays WIN (one unit @ $2.04) WIN (3-4)
Colorado Rockies @ Arizona Diamondbacks -1.5 (one unit @ $2.11) LOSE (5-4)
Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco Giants +8 (one unit @ $1.94) WIN (6-8)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Unibet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Bets void if listed pitchers do not start. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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