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2021 MLB Handicapping
(3-1) Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Oakland Athletics (0-4)
Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Time: 9:40 PM ET
Venue: Athletics Park, Oakland, CA.
Projected Pitchers: Kershaw (LAD), Bassitt (OAK)
MLB Moneyline Odds: LAD -175 | OAK +160
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Dodgers -1.5 (-110), Athletics +1.5 (-110)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.0
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers started their season by taking three out of four against the Rockies.
The one game they did not win in that series came when Clayton Kershaw, Tuesday’s scheduled starter, pitched.
Kershaw gave up 10 hits in 5.1 innings. Colorado scored six runs against him, though one came on an error and did not go toward Kershaw’s line.
Now 33 years old, Kershaw will take some time to ramp up. He struck out only two batters in his first start of the season but needed just 77 pitches to get 16 outs, despite all the hits. There are positives to take away from a losing effort.
The Dodgers scored five runs in the loss and 21 over the next three in the series. Kershaw knows as well as any he has a world-class team behind him. Economy will and should be his priority in the early part of the season.
Oakland got knocked around in four home games against Houston to begin its season. The Astros outscored the A’s by 26 runs in a four-game sweep at the Coliseum.
The Athletics will have three more chances to earn their first win of the season in front of some home fans before hitting the road to play the Astros for a second series in as many regular season weekends, beginning Thursday.
Chris Bassitt didn’t pitch poorly on Opening Day against Zack Greinke but he took the loss anyway, giving up four hits and three runs in 5.1 innings to Greinke’s six scoreless.
Bassitt only threw 68 pitches, in part because, like Kershaw, he didn’t issue many walks (2), nor strike many batters out (3).
Oakland has already had to deal with injuries to three regulars. Sean Murphy, the team’s starting catcher, has missed three consecutive games headed into Monday, when he will sit for a fourth game in a row.
Ramon Laureano has missed two games but could be ready to return as soon as Monday.
Mark Canha hurt himself making a catch against the wall on Sunday and is scheduled for an MRI on Monday. Reports are he could wind up on the official Injured List.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Dodgers are 40-11 in their last 51 games as a road favorite.
- Dodgers are 20-6 in their last 26 interleague games.
- Athletics are 36-15 in their last 51 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Athletics are 8-20 in their last 28 home games with the total set at 6.5 or lower.
- Head to Head: Dodgers are 1-9 in the last 10 meetings in Oakland.
- Head to Head: Under is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings in Oakland.
Free Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction: fade Kershaw.
He isn’t priced like he would be in top form late in the season but even so, Kershaw offers a fade angle this early in April.
The A’s may be banged up but there’s reason to believe both Murphy and Laureano will be back in time for this game.
Bassitt should match or out-pitch Kershaw and the hungry Athletics will get a win as a home underdog. After all, they have run especially well against left-handed starters and been a good bet against the Dodgers of late.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Oakland +160
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