Baseball Betting: Twins vs Dodgers Series Preview, Dodgers Looking Like MLB Team to Beat

Dodgers MLB Frontrunners, Twins Hanging on in AL Central

In the MLB the Los Angeles Dodgers have solidified their spot on top of the National League standings after delivering a crushing blow to the San Diego Padres over the weekend. The Minnesota Twins are in a fight with the Cleveland Guardians for the top spot in the American League Central. Oddsmakers are making Los Angels a heavy home favorite (-227) with the total sitting at 8 (O -114). Follow along as we continue our Twins vs Dodgers series preview. (opening lines)

Game Information

  • Game: Minnesota Twins (57-51) at Los Angeles Dodgers (75-33)
  • Location: Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles, California
  • Day/Time:
  • Television: BSNO, SNLA

Both Teams Lead Their Divisions but Twins Still Looking for Respect

Our Twins vs Dodgers series preview features two teams that will likely find themselves in the postseason but because the Twins seem to be floating through their Major League Baseball schedule, causing apprehension among bettors and oddsmakers.

The Cleveland Guardians are just one game out of first, while the Chicago White Sox find themselves two games out. When handicapping this matchup it’s fair to say the Twins are not as good as the San Diego Padres, a team that made a bunch of moves at the deadline but were quickly brought back down to reality from the Dodgers last weekend.

There is a reason why the Dodgers are huge favorites in a battle of first-place teams. To go a step further, Twins starter player Joe Ryan (8-4, 3.67) was crushed by the Padres in late July, giving up 10 runs in 4.2 innings. Ryan is a +$81 unit overall for $100 bettors in 2022. Overall, the Twins are 57-51 but have been an unprofitable -400 units (Based on $100 wagers).

Dodgers Own the NL West Standings, SportsBooks

There are times when the great teams simply don’t make great bets because odds have adjusted to the point where teams like the Dodgers aren’t a betting option. This can drastically change the Twins vs Dodgers series preview, but does it?

Not to suggest that you should look at the Major League Baseball game schedule and blindly bet on the best teams in the league, but Los Angeles and the New York Mets have been good teams that have returned a profit.

The Dodgers are +685 units in 2022, trailing the New York Mets (+1,339) and the Baltimore Orioles (+2,074). Dodger starter, Julio Urias (11-6, 2.57 era) is -153 units for backers, despite the fact that the Dodgers are 12-8 when he gets the ball.

Total Provides Bettors With Obvious Winner

To conclude our Twins, Dodgers preview, it’s clear that it’s not smart to lay -230. The profit the Dodgers have given to bettors over the last four plus months could be gone in three days with a quick three-game losing streak.

Normally you would run down the MLB game schedule and pass over this one, but it’s clearly the top game on tonight’s card, meaning betting interest will be high. Although we can expect the Los Angeles Dodgers standings to pad their lead, it’s the total that provides a smarter choice for our bankroll.

Expect money to come in on the over but it’s the under that is the recommendation here. In April, Clayton Kershaw almost no-hit the Twins. It can be argued that Urias has been ‘Kershaw sharp’ over his last nine starts with a perfect 8-0 record to go along with a sparkling 2.28 era.

Joe Ryan got back to his winning ways against the Tigers after that horrendous effort against the Padres, giving up just one run in five innings to go with nine k’s. Both pitchers are reliable enough to anticipate this game cashing an under ticket no matter how much the number of eight would suggest this will easily go over.

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