BASEBALL — June 19

L.A. DODGERS (Kershaw) at PITTSBURGH (Kuhl)
(America’s Bookie Line: Dodgers -280 / Pirates +240, Total 6.5) — Clayton Kershaw is obviously like a runaway locomotive, as he has a 1.57 ERA, 5.5 hits allowed per nine innings, a 0.67 WHIP ratio, and a 20.14 ratio of strikeouts to walks, which is the best EVER in major league history. Yes, he was a mere mortal against Pittsburgh last season, giving up seven runs in 13 innings, and the Pirates have won seven of the last eight against the Dodgers at PNC Park. That may have some value as far as the run line is concerned. The Pirates bring out a first-time rookie starter in Chad Kuhl, who does a couple of things that could help keep the Pirates in the ballgame – he has good control (1.9 walks per 9 in AAA) and gets a lot of ground ball outs. We think the rook can give L.A. enough difficulty on this first look to surprise for about six innings. For us this translates into a totals play.

PLAY BY JAY: UNDER 6.5 (+110) **

(All information is for news matter only; All games are graded on a scale of 1-4 stars. Lines are subject to change)