Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Detroit Tigers- Tuesday, July 8
BetAnySports’ current line: Tigers -110 and the total is listed at 8 1/2
BetAnySports listed the Los Angeles Dodgers as +275 favorites to win the National League before the new MLB season got underway. It also had Detroit listed as a +350 favorite to win the American League. In what could easily be a preview of this year’s World Series, these two MLB powers will now square-off in a brief two-game interleague battle starting this Tuesday night at Comerica Park.
The Dodgers come into Tuesday’s series opener with some solid momentum after winning six of their last nine games. After trailing San Francisco in the NL West for a good part of the season, they have opened a half-game lead over the Giants as of Sunday’s games with a record of 51-40. Los Angeles is one of best road teams in the Majors at 29-17 and the total has stayed UNDER in four of its last six games on the road.
It will be Hyun-Jin Ryu’s turn in the Dodgers’ starting rotation for Tuesday night. The left-hander has picked-up where he left off after a stellar rookie campaign with a 9-4 mark in 16 previous starts this season. He is coming off another quality start in which he held Cleveland to two earned runs on seven hits through seven full innings pitched. Ryu has a 3.08 ERA on the year with a WHIP of 1.19.
It has been a constant roller-coaster ride for Detroit this season and it is on another downhill run after losing three of four to Tampa Bay this past weekend. This followed an impressive three-game sweep of Oakland last week with all seven games played at home. The Tigers still have a four-game lead over Kansas City in the AL Central title race at 48-37, but they have really struggled to consistently win at home this year with a record of 23-22. The total on BetAnySports’ closing betting odds has gone OVER in their last five games.
Justin Verlander is scheduled to be on the mound as Detroit’s starter for Tuesday’s contest. He has also had his share of ups and downs this season, but the right-hander appears to have regained his form by allowing a total of seven earned runs in his last three starts. Verlander held the Athletics to two earned runs on nine hits to pick-up his seventh win of the season last Wednesday and he is now 7-7 on the year with a 4.71 ERA in 18 previous starts.
BetAnySports has opened Los Angeles as a +111 road underdog for Tuesday night with Detroit listed as a -110 home favorite. The total for this contest has been set at 8.5. This game should feature a great showdown on the mound that could easily be worthy of a play on BetAnySport’s UNDER betting line, but I am going with Verlander and the Tigers to get a much-needed win at home as my top pick in this matchup.