Yankees & Dodgers in Saturday Baseball Betting

The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers are two of the most popular teams in the league but they rarely meet in baseball betting.

This series is the first one between the two teams since 2004.  The MLB betting odds on this Saturday night matchup are very close with A.J. Burnett scheduled to get the start for the Yankees while it will likely be Hiroki Kuroda for the Dodgers.

Baseball betting odds normally favor the Yankees whether they are at home or on the road. New York may still be favored in this game on Saturday but with Burnett on the mound there is cause for concern.  He is just 6-6 on the season and his ERA has risen to 4.83.  Burnett has lost four straight and he is not pitching well.  He allowed seven runs in four innings on Monday in a loss to Arizona.  He is 0-4 with a 10.35 ERA in his last four starts.  He has not pitched against the Dodgers since 2005 but he is 3-2 in his career against them with a 2.45 ERA.

Before yesterday’s game, the last time the Dodgers and Yankees met was in 2004 when the Dodgers won two of three at home against New York.    The Yankees have been excellent at home while they are just above .500 on the road.  New York has the second best offense in the league and their pitching has been pretty good at 9th in the league.  Robinson Cano is having a great season and the Yankees have a powerful lineup with home run hitters like Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. 

The Dodgers have been far better at home this season than on the road in baseball betting.  The concern for the Dodgers is that their pitching and hitting is just average.  Normally when you think of the Dodgers you think of pitching but they are 16th in the league in ERA.  Their hitting is nothing special either after they started the season red-hot.  They have fallen to 14th in the league in runs scored.  The Dodgers could have some success in this MLB betting game on Saturday simply because Burnett is really struggling.  If the Dodgers can get a quality start they may be able to beat the Yankees in this game.