Gambling sports National League favorites Los Angeles and St. Louis both opted to increase their pitching depth for the most important part of the sports book gambling season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired veteran left hander Ted Lily from the Chicago Cubs along with infielder Ryan Theriot. The Dodgers need Lily in order to try and jump start their season as they were 7 games behind upstart San Diego in the National League West and trailing arch rival San Francisco by 4 games for a wild card spot.
LA is gunning for its third consecutive NL West title as well as its third straight appearance in the National League Championship Series.
Lily had a good 3.69 earned run average but just 3 wins due to poor run support from the Cubs.
The lack of run support is of concern with the Dodgers as they were struggling at the plate and fell to 17th overall in the majors for run production. LA also fell into red ink for their overall baseball wagering record in 2010 as an overlay that has not lived up to public expectations.
“We need to hit,” said LA manager Joe Torre. “We need to hit. We need to hit. My pitchers are doing well. But we’re putting too much strain on them. We need to hit.”
Meanwhile the St. Louis Cardinals were in a National League Central Division dogfight with the Cincinnati Reds and acquired pitcher Jake Westbrook from the Cleveland Indians in a three team deal that included the San Diego Padres.
“I’m excited to go to a club that’s contending for a playoff spot and pitch in some meaningful ball games,” said Westbrook. “That’s why you play the game, to get a chance to play in the playoffs and I look forward to doing that.”
Westbrook had a record this year with the baseball odds of 6-7 with a 4.65 earned run average. The 32-year old was an all star in 2004. He is 69-71 in his 10 year career.
Ludwick could be a gambling sports asset for the Padres, who was acquired along with shortstop Miguel Tejada, who arrived from Baltimore. Ludwick had a .281 average with 11 home runs and 43 runs batted in. San Diego got the additional offensive pop they were looking for in their pennant quest.