Los Angeles Dodgers at Oakland Athletics – MLB April 6

Los Angeles Dodgers at Oakland A’s

  • Time: 7:10 PST, 9:10 CST, 10:10 EST
  • Place: RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland, CA
  • TV: NBC Sports California, SNLA, MLB Extra Innings

Opening Pitch:

The Dodgers and A’s matchup for the second of three after Los Angeles defeated Oakland, 10-3, last night.

Since 2017, the Dodgers are 55-26 in interleague play and have not had a losing season vs. American League foes since 2012. The Dodgers were 16-4 last season which proved to be the fourth best winning percentage (.800) in history of the interleague format.

The A’s were 10-10 in interleague play last season and dropped two of three at Dodger Stadium last season. Oakland is 22-15 all-time vs. the Dodgers and the A’s have also won nine of their last 11 games vs. LA.

Vs. The Spread:

Dodgers:

  • The OVER has been the play in 13 of the Dodgers’ last 20 games
  • LA is 3-14 SU in their last 14 games in Oakland
  • The Dodgers have been OVER the number in 5 of their last 7 vs. the A’s

A’s:

  • The total has gone OVER in the last 7 A’s games
  • Oakland is 1-4 SU in it’s last 5 games vs. the National League
  • The OVER has been the play in the last 5 A’s home games

Last Time Out:

Zach McKinstry and Corey Seager each drove in three runs and Will Smith homered off of the left field foul pole as Los Angeles won Game 1 of the three-game tries, 10-3, last night. Justin Turner also homered for the Dodgers as Dustin May won his first start in Dodger Blue. Oakland fell to 0-5 for only the third time in franchise history and the first time since 1987.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Los Angeles Dodgers -1½ (-111) -171 O 8½ (+100)
Oakland Athletics +1½ (-109) +157 U 8½ (-120)

The Starters:

LA’s Clayton Kershaw challenges Oakland’s Chris Bassitt in a matchup that has both players looking to redeemed themselves off of their initial outings. Kershaw gave up six runs on 10 hits in 5.2 innings as he was touched up early in the Dodgers’ opening day loss to the Rockies. Kershaw looks for his first win vs. the Athletics as he has a 1.35 ERA in four career starts with four no decisions. Bassitt lost 8-1 to the Astros on opening day as he gave up three runs on four hits in 5.1 innings. He has never faced the Dodgers in his career.

Dodgers Bats:

LA Dodgers LogoMookie Betts went 1-for-4 in Game 1 as he has now hit safely in all five games. The Dodgers are 36-10 when Betts bats lead off and 34-6 when he scores a run…Justin Turner is 6-for-17 on the current road trip with four runs and six RBIs after homering for the first time this season last night…Max Muncy went 3-for-4 with two runs scored last night as he improved to 8-for-20 with three runs and three RBI on the trip to Colorado and Oakland

Dodgers Gloves:
  • Dustin May went 6 innings and struck out 8 to record last night’s win
  • David Price came out of the bullpen when he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in 2 innings
  • Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers’ all-time save leader, picked up his first save of the season on Saturday when he pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball with one strikeout and a walk

A’s Bats:

Oakland A's LogoIt has been a tough start on offense for the A’s as Bob Melvin’s squad is only hitting .172 over the first five games. The team also comes into tonights game with only 17 walks and a paltry 45 strikeouts…Mark Canha leads the A’s with a .316 average so far this season as all of his at bats have come from the lead-off spot where he had never batted until this season. Canha was 2-for-5 on Monday night as he was generally the only offense the A’s had with a run and an RBI…Matt Chapman, like all the A’s hitters is due for an upward trajectory. He is 2-for-15 with four walks. Last season, his average fell out to .232, so positive results could reinvigorate this slugger.

A’s Gloves:
  • As bad as the hitting seems right now, the pitching could be worse. The A’s team ERA is 8.60 and they have given up an average of nine runs per game so far.
  • Giving up this kind of offense is a tough omen in the cavernous Oakland Coliseum. The A’s did lose more than two in a row at home last season and this is the longest home losing streak when the A’s dropped six from May 28-June 14, 2019.
  • Chris Bassitt gives the A’s hope for this evening as he was 2-0 with a 1.74 ERZ and a .179 opponents’ batting average in three spring starts.

Winner: Dodgers -160

The Bets
Dodgers
-171
OVER 8½
+100
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