Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 11:03 AM
9/24/2014 10:10 PM Reduced Baseball 964 Los Angeles Dodgers* -1½ +100 vs San Francisco Giants
T Hudson - R Listed C Kershaw - L Listed
Risking 1.50 To Win 1.50 (WINNER)
This is closing time, and I am putting my money on the best pitcher in baseball. There are a few reasons I like this play today. First, Kershaw didn't have his best stuff in the first inning of his last outing; he RARELY has back to back bad games, meaning he will be focused and ready tonight. Second, this is his opportunity to match his 2011 record of 21 wins, when guys like Kershaw get a chance to match a personal best they usually succeed. Third, the Dodgers have a chance to win their second straight National League West title tonight, and there isn't another guy on that team I would rather have on the mound to do it. Good pitchers only get better in September and October.
Looking at the other side, San Fran is starting Tim Hudson, who has been battling a hip injury, and has lost 3 straight starts. This includes the 17-0 slaughtering at the hands of the Dodgers where he was charged for 6 runs and only lasted 1 inning a couple weeks ago. If Hudson were healthy I could see him giving it his all, and keeping this one close, but with a motivated Kershaw, and a struggling San Fran team and aging, injured pitcher. I could go on about the way the stats and situation line up for the Dodgers to get a multi run win here tonight but I think you get the idea. I see the Dodgers rolling this one and locking things up in front of the home fans.
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