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Baseball Free Picks: Rays vs. Dodgers

Written by Matt Stevens   
Thursday, 08 August 2013 08:48

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers PicksThe Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers have been two of the hottest teams in baseball over the past five weeks. They lock horns this weekend at Dodger Stadium.

Tampa Bay Rays @ Los Angeles Dodgers – Saturday, August 10

In an online sportsbook, it is inevitable that a lot of guesswork will occur. No matter which pay per head sites you trust, you will have to do at least some guessing in sports competitions, but the difference is that your guess on a given athletic event is based on information and context. Are you going to make a pure guess on this game? No – you’re going to weigh the pros and cons of picking each team in this tussle and see which is the more convincing argument.

When examining 5dimes.eu reviews on the topic of baseball, you will be brought to the conclusion that the Dodgers make more sense in this particular game, even though Tampa Bay might very well win this weekend series, given that the Rays have a better record than Los Angeles.

 

NFL betting experts with a fairly limited amount of baseball knowledge will probably say that the Dodgers should win this game simply because Los Angeles has its best pitcher on the hill. Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers’ ace, is not just the best pitcher on his team. He is clearly the best pitcher in the National League, and he is arguably the top pitcher in all of Major League Baseball. You will be hard pressed to name a better pitcher than Kershaw in 2013. A number of starting pitchers in the National League have ERAs of under 2.25, and it’s true that in the American League, an ERA is going to be higher than in the National League, due to the presence of the designated hitter compared to a pitcher hitting in the number-nine spot of the batting order. However, with all of this having been said, Kershaw still stacks up as the best pitcher in the sport. His ERA entering the second week of August was just under 1.90, and it’s very reasonable to say that Kershaw could finish this season with an ERA of under two, which would put him in select company on an historical scale. Tampa Bay will have a tough time getting to Kershaw.

There is an argument to be made for the Rays, though: First of all, they’re a very resourceful team. Their bullpen was awful in the first two months of the season, but manager Joe Maddon (arguably the best manager in the sport) has nevertheless rallied his club to one of the best records in baseball. Tampa Bay has the offense it lacked in 2012. Rookie Wil Myers has quickly established himself as an elite hitter, posting one of the best batting averages in the majors since the All-Star break. Myers and Evan Longoria give the Rays a chance to score against Kershaw.

Yet, what probably settles this argument in favor of the Dodgers is that Tampa Bay will send Roberto Hernandez, one of its weakest starters, to the bump. David Price or Chris Archer versus Kershaw would be a coin flip, but Hernandez versus Kershaw works in the Dodgers’ favor.

My Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers

 
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