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The Los Angeles Dodgers (79-41) own a nine-game lead over the Atlanta Braves for the best record in the National League and top seed come the postseason.
Starting on Tuesday, the Dodgers will visit the league’s worst team in the Miami Marlins (44-73), who trail the Braves by 24.5 games in the NL East and are large +180 home underdogs (bet $100 to win $180) on the MLB odds in the series opener at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Los Angeles is listed as a big -210 road favorite (bet $210 to win $100).
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Clayton Kershaw (11-2, 2.77 ERA) was originally scheduled to be on the mound for the Dodgers on Tuesday, but he’s been pushed back a day in the rotation. Instead, it’ll be Dustin May (0-1, 3.18 ERA) for Los Angeles. That improved the Marlins’ odds for Tuesday slightly, although they have lost eight of their last 10 games and 10 of 13 following a brief stretch that saw them win five of six.
Miami will be leaning on rookie righty Jordan Yamamoto (4-3, 4.17 ERA) to keep the team in this game opposite May, but he has gone 0-3 in his past four starts after getting off to a blazing 4-0 start in his first six games with an outstanding 1.59 ERA.
Overall, Los Angeles has won the past four meetings in this series after losing the previous four, with each of those setbacks taking place last season. The UNDER is also 7-4 in the last 11 games between the teams, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.
The Dodgers outscored the Marlins 21-7 in sweeping a three-game home series between July 19 and 21 at Chavez Ravine, with the OVER cashing in each of the last two at sports betting sites.
Rounding out the pitching matchups for the rest of the series that figure to favor Los Angeles heavily are Kershaw versus Miami’s Elieser Hernandez (2-4, 4.94 ERA) on Wednesday and Walker Buehler (10-2, 3.08 ERA) against Caleb Smith (7-6, 3.71 ERA) and the Marlins on Thursday.
Kershaw has gone 4-0 in his last five starts without allowing more than two runs in any of them while going six innings or more each time. Buehler is coming off a tough no-decision that saw him pitch more than well enough to pick up a victory last time out.