DENVER, CO - JUNE 09: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out against Huston Street of the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning at Coors Field on June 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Kemp had a double, triple and a homerun in the game as the Rockies defeated the Dodgers 9-7. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Who can figure this game out? Do the Vegas oddsmakers understand this better than we all do?
Now Kemp's hurt again. Could that possibly be good news for LA and people betting on it?
The Dodgers and reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw went off as -160 favorites Wednesday night vs. Yovani Gallardo and Milwaukee. But Kershaw couldn't get out of the sixth inning, giving up five runs, as the Brewers went on to a 6-3 victory.
So on the season, Kershaw and Justin Verlander, last year's AL Cy Young winner, have seen their teams go a combined 13-9 in their starts, but they've together lost a total of $320, based on theoretical $100 wagers on each game.
Also going down Wednesday was the biggest favorite on the MLB betting board, the Texas Rangers, who with Derek Holland on the mound went off as heavy -220 chalk, then got rocked by the Seattle Mariners 21-8.
For the day, baseball favorites went 8-7 but lost $170. Also Wednesday baseball's totals leaned toward the 'overs' by a 9-5-1 margin. So that's seven out of the last eight days that baseball has seen more 'overs' come in than 'unders.'
Here's a look at Thursday's limited MLB betting board, with starting pitchers and betting trends, and odds courtesy of Oddsshark.com.
Detroit +131 at Boston -136, Total 9 - Max Scherzer (4-3) | Josh Beckett (4-4) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Detroit
Houston +110 at Colorado -115, Total 10 - Bud Norris (5-1) | Jeremy Guthrie (2-3) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Colorado
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado's last 5 games
Milwaukee -117 at LA Dodgers +112, Total 6.5 - Zack Greinke (5-2) | Chad Billingsley (2-3) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Milwaukee's last 13 games when playing LA Dodgers
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of LA Dodgers' last 13 games when playing Milwaukee