When you have as many All-Stars as the Los Angeles Dodgers do, the All-Star break doesn’t really cool you off. LA won its last four before the break and have won their first two games out of it.
That win streak has LA at 53-38, and today the Dodgers will go for a sweep of the 42-50 New York Mets.
The Dodgers have only allowed one run so far this series and Bobby Miller will take the mound today looking to keep the door slammed shut. Miller is 5-1 with a 4.50 ERA in his first eight career starts. He will be opposed by a man who has pitched a little more than eight times in the big leagues, Max Scherzer. Scherzer is 8-3 with a 4.31 ERA in his 16 starts this season.
Let’s get into the odds for Game 3 of Dodgers and Mets in Queens.
Dodgers vs. Mets odds, run line and total
Dodgers vs. Mets prediction and pick
It really looks like the Dodgers might not just sweep the Mets, but might embarrass them at home. New York’s offense has been an issue this season 19th in runs scored with a .718 team OPS which ranks 18th. They’ve been even worse though lately. This month they are 23rd in runs despite an improved OPS of .744. In this series they’ve barely been able to push anything across and it might not get easier against Miller.
Bobby Miller has a 3.70 FIP with his ERA that’s north of four and has had four stellar starts, two solid starts, and two disastrous starts this year. Those two disasters happened back-to-back and are the reason for his elevated ERA, but the two solid starts followed and he’s settling into an every day role in a rotation.
Miller’s fastball velocity is 99th percentile and while you need more than just a great heater to survive in the big leagues, he should be fine against the struggling Mets.
Max Scherzer obviously has a lot more than just a good fastball in his repertoire, but he’s been struggling this season with a 4.50 FIP that has his 4.31 ERA is no fluke. In his last two starts, he’s allowed five home runs and across his last seven he’s given up 11.
The Dodgers lead the league with 21 long balls in July and got one off the bat of Mookie Betts last night.
Betts may have struggled in the home run derby, but he could get another chance against Scherzer who seems to be throwing batting practice lately.
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