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The Los Angeles Dodgers will travel across the country on Tuesday night to face off against the team closest to them by record in the National League. The New York Mets will play the gracious hosts as they try and close the gap for the potential home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. New York enters Tuesday with an 82-47 record in the National League East, good for three full games ahead of the Atlanta Braves. They also gained an extra half-game advantage over the Phillies which dropped a game against the Diamondbacks late on Monday night.
The Dodgers are 89-38 and are running away at a rapid rate for the National League West Division. They lead the second place San Diego Padres by a whopping 20 games. The Giants are in third place in the division and are behind 27.5 games. By all accounts, the Dodgers are winning this division. This series should prove a playoff atmosphere with a packed stadium and could very well be the preview for the National League Championship Series.
The New York Mets were off on Monday after winning three of four against the lowly Rockies. They ended the weekend on a sour note as they were shut out 1-0 at home. Brian Servin provided the lone sac fly to notch the win. The Dodgers wrapped up a series against the Marlins with a 3-2 win in Miami. They won the series 3-1 by a combined score of 22-10.
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BetMGM Sportsbook has the Los Angeles Dodgers as -135 favorites on the money line with the home team Mets coming in at +110 on the money line. A $100 wager on the Mets at Citi Field would yield a $110 profit.
The Dodgers will use Andrew Heaney on the bump, as he will make just his 10th start this season. He owns a 1.94 ERA to go along with his 2-1 record. While he has only been in line to be on record in three of his nine starts, the Dodgers are 7-2 in games started by the lefty hurler. He has amassed 62 strikeouts in just 41.2 innings of work.
The Dodgers will oppose Taijuan Walker, who has already pitched 117.1 innings this season and owns a 3.38 season ERA. His last three starts have been shorter stints which included a two-inning start bookended by two starts totaling just 11 innings. He faced the Dodgers once this season and went 5.2 innings, allowing two earned runs in an eventual 2-0 loss.
The total is set to 8.5 with both the under and over listed at -110. The Dodgers have seen the over four times in their last five games. The Mets have trended in an opposite direction, seeing the total go under in five of their last six contests. The last eight meetings between these clubs have resulted in the under hitting at a 5-2-1 clip.
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Written by Reno Jonny, our US sports betting industry expert. You can check him out on Twitter @Reno_Jonny.