Detroit Tigers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/8/14
Los Angeles Dodgers (50-40) at Detroit Tigers (48-36)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) (9-4) (3.083) vs. Justin Verlander (R) (7-7) (4.706)
The Line: Detroit Tigers / Los Angeles Dodgers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SNet LA, FSN-DET, MLB Net
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers will begin a short two-game series on Tuesday.
The Dodgers have won six of their last nine games and are 11 games above a .500 record. The Dodgers offense has taken over during this stretch, as they’ve scored four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. Adrian Gonzalez has eight RBI in his last nine games and Yasiel Puig has 12 hits in his last 10 games. Pitching wise, the Dodgers have an ERA of 3.23 and have allowed three or less runs in eight of their last 11 games. Starting is Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is 9-4 with a 3.08 ERA and has 81 strikeouts in 96.1 innings. This is Ryu’s first career game against the Tigers.
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The Tigers just lost three of four games to the Tampa Bay Rays, but are 11 games above .500. The Tigers pitching staff continues to get hammered, as they’ve allowed 20 runs in their last three games and have an ERA of 4.04. The Tigers have lost five of their last six games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Victor Martinez has 12 hits in his last 10 games and Torii Hunter has homered twice in his last four games. Justin Verlander takes the mound, and he’s 7-7 with a 4.71 ERA and has 89 strikeouts in 116.2 innings. This is Verlander’s first career game against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day and 5-1 in Ryu's last 6 road starts. The Tigers are 57-19 in their last 76 interleague home games and 21-6 in Verlander's last 27 interleague starts.
Verlander continues to struggle in ways we haven't seen. Both teams are about even offensively, which is why I'm taking the Dodgers and the plus money considering this is truly a toss-up match.