Baseball Betting: Dodgers look to close NL West gap

The Los Angeles Dodgers are trying to climb back into contention in the NL West standings, and they'll get a chance to do just that when they play three games in Arizona against the division-leading Diamondbacks starting on Monday night this week.

However, the Dodgers have had extremely limited success paying out against the Diamondbacks on the MLB betting lines at the sportsbooks so far this season, winning just two of the nine games between the division rivals since they first met in April.

Arizona won two of three games at Chase Field against Los Angeles in their series in the middle of April, and then picked up the victory in five of six games at Dodger Stadium in series in May and June. Totals bettors have watched the OVER/UNDER go 6-3 on the MLB odds over the nine games between the teams so far this season.

After taking on the Diamondbacks at Chase Field the Dodgers will return home to start a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night, which will lead into the league's All-Star Break. Los Angeles has had slightly better results against Colorado in 2013, winning four times in nine meetings between the two teams.

The Rockies, though, won two of their three games at Dodger Stadium at the end of April, in a three-game set that produced only OVER results for MLB bettors at the sportsbooks. The OVER/UNDER is 7-2 in Dodgers vs. Rockies contests this season.

While the Dodgers are taking on the Rockies this weekend the Diamondbacks will be playing host to a Milwaukee Brewers team that finds itself mired in last place in the NL Central standings heading into the week. The Diamondbacks swept the Brewers in a three-game series in Milwaukee in April; the OVER/UNDER was 2-1 in those games.

And the other two NL West clubs will be meeting in San Diego for a four-game series this weekend as the Padres get a visit from the San Francisco Giants starting on Thursday night. San Francisco holds the slight edge at 5-4 on the MLB betting lines at the sportsbooks in their nine games against rival San Diego so far this season, with the OVER paying out for totals bettors in four of the last five games between the teams.

Elsewhere around the National League early this week it's Washington at Philadelphia, Atlanta at Miami, Cincinnati at Milwaukee, Colorado at San Diego, and the Mets at San Francisco, with Oakland vs. Pittsburgh, the Angels vs. the Cubs, and Houston vs. St. Louis in the three interleague matchups on the MLB schedule.

On the weekend it's then also St. Louis at the Cubs, the Mets at Pittsburgh, Washington at Miami, and Cincinnati at Atlanta. The Braves won two of three games against the Reds when the two teams met back in early May in Cincinnati, but overall the Reds have managed to pick up the win in seven of the last 10 games between the teams. The OVER paid out on the MLB odds in each of those three May matchups.


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