MLB Baseball Betting:  Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks&h=253&w=372&zc=1

The Los Angeles Dodgers will send their ‘ace’ Clayton Kershaw to the mound on Wednesday and he’s looked excellent this year. The Diamondbacks haven’t though the teams’ recent form is diametrically different with the Dodgers having lost three straight and Arizona having won three straight (pending the result of Tuesday’s game). The Dodgers are trying to make up ground in the National League West with the San Francisco Giants leading the division six games ahead. The Giants haven’t been in great form lately (6-4 L10) but with the Dodgers just ‘treading water’ (5-5 L10) that’s enough to maintain and even expand their advantage. Arizona is also 5-5 in their last ten games but their biggest concern is staying out of the NL West basement. They’re 2.5 games ahead of the last place San Diego Padres and 2.5 games back of the third place Colorado Rockies.

Arizona will start lefthander Pat Corbin who is a seasoned veteran but hasn’t been particularly effective this year. Corbin has a 4.81 ERA overall and the Diamondbacks are 5-8 when he starts. Corbin is 1-3 in his career starts against Los Angeles. He’s been especially bad at home this season where he has a 7.53 ERA and the Diamondbacks have lost all six of his starts. His recent form? More of the same–he’s got a 7.02 L3 ERA. The Dodgers will counter with arguably the best left handed pitcher on the planet. Clayton Kershaw has been a monster this season with a 1.52 ERA overall. The Dodgers have won 12 of his 13 starts including eight straight. On the road he’s got a 1.77 ERA and Los Angeles is undefeated in six starts away from Chavez Ravine. His recent form is like his overall form this season–dominating. In his last three starts–all Dodgers’ victories he’s got a 1.66 ERA, a 0.600 WHIP and is giving up an average of 4 hits per game while striking out an average of 9 per game.

It’s tough to lay big prices in Major League Baseball but this looks like a spot to do it. Kershaw is a machine right now, Corbin is struggling badly and the Diamondbacks have been horrible at home this year (13-23). The Dodgers need a win and if Kershaw pitches to form–and he usually does–they’ll get one.