Clayton Kershaw may be the National League's reigning MVP, but from a betting perspective, he's about as bad as it gets. The Los Angeles Dodgers are just 8-9 in Kershaw's starts this year, losing 9.89 betting units in the process. Only reigning AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber (–13.90 units) has done worse this year. Kershaw will try to improve his bottom line this Wednesday when the Philadelphia Phillies visit Chavez Ravine. First pitch is at 10:10 PM ET.
Kershaw (2.54 FIP) has been holding up his end of the bargain. However, he's not quite as dominant as he was last year (1.81 FIP), and the Dodgers are only scoring 3.94 runs per game
when he starts, down from their usual 4.16 runs per game. That, plus all the extra chalk Kershaw takes to the mound, explains his difficulties with red ink this year.
The Phillies don't have to worry about chalk. They're the worst team in the majors by far, and on Wednesday, they're going to throw Adam Morgan to the wolves. This will be Morgan's third big-league start; the Phillies split the first two behind their young southpaw, who allowed three runs in 12.2 innings.