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Bettors can't read Dodgers

July 02, 2008|Lonnie White

Two of the best telling betting trends in baseball are connected to starting pitching and home-field records.

Maybe that explains why the Dodgers have been so difficult to read for gamblers this season.

Looking for a dominant starter with a winning streak to back? Don't look into Manager Joe Torre's collection of starters. Derek Lowe, Chad Billingsley, Brad Penny and Hiroki Kuroda are the only Dodgers with more than seven starts and none has a winning record.

Home-field advantage? Again, don't count on the Dodgers, who are 22-20 at home.

The most consistent bet for the Dodgers this season has been over/under combined run total wagers.

Powered by the Dodgers' powder-puff offense -- which had produced only 53 home runs and a weak .322 on-base percentage -- the under was 46-35-1 before their game Tuesday at Houston.

Final add: The Dodgers will start Kuroda tonight against Houston's Runelvys Hernandez. According to Sportsbetting.com, the Astros are favored at -115.

The under is 6-1 in Kuroda's last seven road starts.

-- Lonnie White

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