The Los Angeles Dodgers
have been doing just fine, thank you very much, without MVP candidate
. So far. The Milwaukee Brewers, on the other hand,
apparently miss Prince Fielder very much.
So it's two teams headed
in opposite directions at the moment and with very
tight MLB odds as LA hosts Milwaukee for a four-game series at Chavez
Ravine starting Monday night.
LA just took two of three
games from the Houston Astros over the weekend, falling 3-1 Friday
night but winning 6-3 Saturday and 5-1 Sunday. So the Blue Crew, at a
Major League-best 32-15, leads the NL West by 7.5 games over
second-place San Francisco.
just dropped two of three games in Arizona over the weekend, winning
7-1 Friday but losing 8-5 Saturday and 4-3 Sunday. So the Brew Crew,
at 19-28, sits in fifth place in the NL Central, eight games back of
Milwaukee will send Shaun
Marcum (2-3, 3.93) to the mound for Monday's series opener (8:10 pm
Eastern) against Aaron Harang (3-2, 4.36) for Los Angeles. Then
Tuesday (10:10 E) a couple of rookies are slated to go at it as Mike
Fiers opposes Nathan Eovaldi. Wednesday (10:10 E) should be a good
one as Yovani Gallardo (3-4, 4.19) will go against Clayton Kershaw
(4-2, 1.97). Finally, Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.66) will get the start
Thursday (10:10 E) for the Brewers vs. Chad Billingsley (2-3, 3.88)
Most online sportsbooks
are listing the Dodgers as -110 favorites for Monday's game, with an
'over/under” of 7.5.
Bovada.lv is chalking LA
at -170 to win this series, based on the first three games, with
Milwaukee getting +140 as the dogs.
Milwaukee is 7-3 in
Greinke's starts this season, but 4-6 for Gallardo and 2-7 for
The Dodgers are 7-3 in
Kershaw's starts, 6-4 for Billingsley and 5-4 for Harang.
Los Angeles is 9-4
without Kemp and averaging nearly five runs per game. Last year's NL
MVP runner-up is eligible to come off the DL Tuesday, and could
return for the last part of this series.
LA is a ML-best 21-5 at
home this season, while the Brewers are a dismal 8-15 on the road.
Back in April Milwaukee
took two of three games from the Dodgers at Miller Park. Two of those
three games played 'under' on the totals.