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Dodgers vs. Mets Pick – MLB July 23rd

For the Dodgers to be World Series Champions, I think they need to have Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw on the same page. In other words, Greinke and Kershaw need to be playing their best baseball the rest of the season. Greinke has already been on fire, one of the greatest stretches in history, but there is still a lot of work to do for the Dodgers as a team. Kershaw has been off by his standards this season. I believe he’ll need to get back to doing what he does best. Parlay that with Greinke, and you easily have the best 1-2 combo in baseball, in my opinion. The offense isn’t bad for the Dodgers, but I think for them to damage in the postseason, like every other team, the pitching is going to need to be on point. That starts with Greinke and Kershaw. I feel like it is World Series or bust for the Dodgers after the kind of talent they’ve acquired in LA. Lately Kershaw has been showing some of that pitching magic we are accustomed to seeing from him, and against the Mets, he should be able to put together another strong performance.

For the Mets, Bartolo Colon will be taking center stage against Kershaw. Colon has been one of the most surprising pitchers the last few seasons. Not one expected him to play as good as he was. However, I’ve been waiting for him to hit a wall. I didn’t believe he’d be able to carry it on forever. Colon is no spring chicken, he has been around since 1999. With age comes wear and tear on the arm. At no fault of his own, I think we’re seeing it catch up to him. If he continues to fall back the rest of the season, I don’t think it’d be advisable for him to continue on next season. That opens up the door for him to end his career with a fizzle. Maybe I’m wrong and he has another year in him, but we’ll see, and we’ll get a glimpse of him against the Dodgers tonight.

A kick to the gut yesterday, as a late 2 out run from the Diamondbacks put the game at 5-3. Not only was it a pointless run, because the Marlins won the game 5-3, but I had a strong lean on the Marlins as well yesterday and went with the UNDER 7.5 instead. It has been that kind of season for me, in regards to close games that are close late. If I don’t win a game by a wide margin, I lose like that. It is feast or famine. Back to Thursday, where we look for a winner in New York.

L.A. Dodgers vs. N.Y. Mets

Clayton Kershaw (7-6, 2.68 ERA) vs. Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.86 ERA)

This is the kind of game where Kershaw has to bring it. He has a less than impressive offense in front of him and he has been playing well lately. A sore spot against this Mets team would reignite the talk all over again that there is something wrong with Kershaw. He’s pitched a 0.38 ERA with a 0.75 WHIP and .209 OBA. Note in his last four starts, Kershaw has allowed only allowed 2 runs in total. In his last two, he hasn’t given up any runs. A good rebound for Kershaw who is slowly starting to heat up for the Dodgers.

For Colon we are seeing the opposite unfold. Colon got off to a slow start, and hasn’t been able to pull it together yet, if he will at all in 2015. Don’t get me wrong, he has had his spots where he has looked good, but getting shelled for 7 and 8 runs more than a couple of times is not a good look. Kershaw has been so on, and the Mets’ offense so abysmal, that it is going to take a heck of an effort from Colon to keep the Mets around in this game. We need to ride Kershaw, as I think after he puts together another of couple good starts the prices in his games will get out of control again. Take the Dodgers here to win.

PICK: DODGERS -1.5 (-115)