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MLB Betting Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals- June 24th, 2014

The Kansas City Royals started out a home series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a strong win, but game two should make for a whole different type of challenge. Why you ask? Well, the Dodgers are going to be sending their ace in Clayton Kershaw to the mound for game two of this series, and the two-time Cy Young winner just recently pitched his first ever no-hitter in the teams 8-8 win against the Rockies this past Wednesday. The Dodgers are happy to have Kershaw hitting the mound, but the Royals on the other side are looking to get back to a hot streak, as they had recently lost four games in a row. They were able to win game one by a score of 5-3. The Dodgers on the other side have not lost a series since back on June 2nd-4th against the White Sox, and this was just their second loss in seven games. This game is set to get underway at 8:10pm EST.

The Dodgers come into this one looking to make a statement, and Kershaw brings in a 7-2 record with a 2.52 ERA. It’ll be hard to do much more than throw a no-hitter and rack up 15 strikeouts as he did in his last game, but I’m sure he’ll try. He was just an error away from a perfect game, and he’s won four games in a row coming into this one. In five starts this season, Kershaw has been strong with a 4-1 record and a 3.08 ERA.

On the other side tonight, the surprising Royals, who have a 40-36 record, are sending Danny Duffy to the mound. Duffy may only have a 4-6 record, but he has a 2.80 ERA on the year. He just recently suffered his first loss in his last four starts, and it was only a 2-1 loss to the Tigers. He gave up two runs and only three hits in seven innings during that one, and now he’ll look to bounce back against a talented team. Duffy has only given up five runs in his last four starts after giving up 11 total runs and 10 earned in his two games before that.

Consensus

The Dodgers come in as pretty big favorites here of -139, while the Royals are +128. Anytime that the Dodgers are sending Kershaw to the mound they’ll likely be favorites, and tonight I think that we see them get the job done. The odds aren’t awful either, and I’m going with Kershaw and company to bounce back after the game one loss.

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