TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH
#913 LA DODGERS with Urias (-154) over San Diego with Snell at 8:40 PM EST
Checking in hungry off last night’s 5-4 loss to the Friars, the Dodgers will have no trouble bouncing back and scooping up this victory. Los Angeles still owns the best record in baseball and, with one of its most reliable arms on the bump, manager Dave Roberts and his crew will keep San Diego in check.
Sizzling southpaw Julio Urias will hit the hump for the visitors. With 26 starts in the bank this year, No. 7 has been nicked for only 37 earned runs and 104 hits in 145.2 innings of work. Urias struck out 139 and walked 34 on his way to a 15-7 record with a 2.29 ERA. Julio is in dominant form too. In his last nine starts, Urias has allowed only seven earned runs and 27 hits in 49.0 frames. That’s good enough for an 8-1 mark with an amazing 1.29 ERA.
Countering for the home team will be lefty Blake Snell. So far this season, No. 4 has made 19 starts and been cracked for 41 earned runs and 86 hits in 99.0 innings. Snell whiffed 134 and walked 42 on his way to a 6-8 tally with a 3.73 ERA. Blake’s efforts inside Petco Park haven’t been that great either. At home, Snell has been smacked for 26 earned runs and 57 hits in 59.0 frames. That adds up to a 3-6 tally with a 3.97 ERA.
A number of strong team trends support this Best Bet. Los Angeles has won 49 of its last 64 overall, 38 of its last 51 against division foes, 44 of its last 61 coming off a loss, and 40 of its last 57 when competing on Saturday. On the other side of the field, San Diego has fallen in 36 of its last 51 in this series.
Off the loss yesterday to the Padres, the Dodgers will lean on one of their best arms to help them grab the dub here. Take Los Angeles with Urias. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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