Dodgers Chances vs. Baseball Lines Hurt by Martin Injury

The Los Angeles Dodgers are well back of San Diego and San Francisco in the National League West and their chances of winning vs. baseball lines have been hurt by an injury to starting catcher Russell Martin.

Manager Joe Torre said that Martin is likely to miss the rest of the season because of a hip injury.  The Dodgers don’t look like serious contenders anymore vs. the baseball odds and the loss of Martin sure doesn’t help.

Baseball lines still favor the Dodgers when they are at home but on the road they are rarely favored anymore. It has been a disappointing year for Los Angeles and they are really right on the edge of being out of the playoff race.  The injury to Martin is costly since he was having a solid season for the Dodgers.  He hurt himself in last Tuesday’s game as he was crossing home plate.

The Dodgers will be counting on Brad Ausmus and A.J. Ellis to fill in at catcher for the remainder of the season. The Dodgers traded top catching prospect Lucas May to the Kansas City Royals so they don’t have many good options with Martin injured.

The Dodgers have been solid this season at home but they have a losing record on the road vs. the baseball odds.  Los Angeles has simply not been getting good enough pitching and their hitting has not been strong enough to make up for it.  The Dodgers are normally a team that is in the top 10 in ERA but this season they are outside the top 10.  The Dodgers are also now below average in hitting after starting the season red-hot.  It all spells trouble for a Los Angeles team that made the playoffs a year ago.  That scenario does not seem likely this season.

Los Angeles is 18th in the league in runs scored at 4.36 runs per game. They have really struggled in the power department as they rank 25th in the league.  The pitching stats are not that great for Los Angeles.  The Dodgers are 13th in the league in ERA this season. They are just 15th in the league in quality starts this season.  Losing Martin will probably hurt the Dodgers offensive and defensive numbers in the past couple of months of the season.