The MLB Opens On Saturday With ARI/LAD Playing In Sydney: Opening Series Prediction
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While technically it is two different days in Sydney, the games are held at 4:00 AM and 8 PM EST on Saturday Mar.22.
For those brave enough to watch the early game, it is listed as Kershaw vs TBD (MLB.com not listing it, although Miley has been named., and Game #2 is listed as Hyun-jin Ryu vs Trevor Cahill.
With news of a compromised UCL probably requiring Tommy John Surgery. Patrick Corbin is sidelined for the entire year.
Zack Greinke suffered a strained calf on his 1st start, and has not made the trip to Sydney either.
A couple of weeks ago it looked like the Dodgers were not even going to bring Kershaw, but maybe the Greinke injury forced them to think twice.
I have always thought it was weird the MLB decided to begin the year in Australia.
Then if that weren’t enough, they decided LA should play 3 games before anyone else, as the Dodgers open up the year in North America at Petco Park vs the Padres, Sunday March.30/2014.
It will be interesting to see if Don Mattingly throws Kershaw in that opener, or if Greinke gets the call.
Arizona has always looked forward to this 2 game set halfway across the world, and I like Gibson’s candor of embracing the trip.
If this series were to start in Los Angeles, heck even Arizona for that matter, I would think the Dodgers would have won both games to start the year.
If everyone was healthy. Kershaw and Greinke would both be favored to win their starts. I will be making bets on the weekend once the lines are posted, but look for this series to end tied 1 – 1.
I am leaning towards picking Kershaw in the opener no matter who he throws against, (said to be Wade Miley), and I believe that Arizona will take game 2.
Guaranteed the LA Dodgers will be favored immensely in Game #1. Look for a -160 to – 170 odd for Los Angeles, and +130 to +140 odd for the DBacks.
Much like Doubleheaders usually split 76% of the time, this falls into that realm of possibility.
It is a weird neutral site to play this series, and the games are 16 Hours apart.
Count for some complete weirdness to ensue.
The Diamondbacks brought 31 players, while the Dodgers took 30.
This is like a September DH with the expanded Roster.
Why not have started the year with the Blue Jays and Mets at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal that takes place from Mar.28 – 30? This would have been cool on so many levels.
At the very least, this could have been the North America opener.
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Posted on March 19, 2014, in gambling 101, MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis and tagged 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks, carl crawford, clayton kershaw, don mattingly, kirk gibson, la dodgers, matt kemp, mlb, MLB opening series 2014, new york mets, nl west, olympic stadium, Patrick Corbin, petco park, san diego padres, sydney australia, Sydney Cricket Ground, Tommy John Surgery, toronto blue jays, trevor cahill, wade miley, zack greinke. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.