The Los Angeles Dodgers head to the northwest for a brief two-game interleague series against the Seattle Mariners. The Dodgers are on the road for the second straight series after winning two of three games against the San Diego Padres. That was the series of the year in the young season of the Major League Baseball schedule so far. It felt like a playoff atmosphere in San Diego over the last three days.
The Dodgers pulled away in extra innings for a 11-6 win on Friday night. That was close until it wasn’t. The next two games were close as well, with the Dodgers 2-0 winners on Saturday night, and then the Padres coming back from a 2-0 hole to score 4 late runs to win 5-2 on Sunday. A playoff series between the Dodgers and Padres would not be a surprise.
The loss last night was only the third for the Dodgers this season. It snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Dodgers. They head to Seattle with a record of 13-3, so there is nothing to feel bad about after losing yesterday afternoon in San Diego. The Dodgers are up in the NL West by a comfortable margin over the San Francisco Giants by 3.5 games. This is baseball where a lot can change in a hurry, though.
The Seattle Mariners have a decent young team that has the potential to make some noise in the AL West. They head into Monday night with a record of 10-6 and a half game advantage on the Los Angeles Angels in the division. The Angels can easily win as well. When it comes to the Angels, it’s likely going to come down if their rotation can stay healthy and productive. That’s a big ask for Shohei Ohtani to stay healthy.
The Dodgers are going to give Dustin May the starting nod for the front-end of this two-game series in Seattle. This is one stacked rotation for the Dodgers, and it’s crazy to think that May is a back of the rotation pitcher. They go from Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer the last two days to May, who could be a lead guy in some other rotations in the majors. Justus Sheffield is expected to counter at home for the Mariners. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Mariners pick on April 19, 2021.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers will look for a positive response after losing their first game since April 7 yesterday. Before losing to the Padres on Sunday, the Dodgers most recent loss was a close call against the Oakland Athletics, 4-3. The Dodgers won seven straight games by at least 2 runs before the Padres said enough is enough. They are second in the major leagues with an average of 5.57 runs scored per 9 innings.
They are fifth from the dish with a team batting average of .262. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Cody Bellinger will not be present for the near future, as he’s OUT with a hairline fracture. That said, the Dodgers have plenty of depth and are going to continue to rake. Against Justus Sheffield on Monday night, there’s a favorable chance of the Dodgers scoring plenty of runs.
Sheffield has posted an ERA of 4.91 and 1.36 WHIP through two games and 6 innings. He wasn’t good in spring training either, as the career 4.54 pitcher, recorded an ERA of 5.54 and 1.77 WHIP through 13 innings. The Yankees pulled the cord on Sheffield and traded him after a miserable 2018 season. He notched a 10.13 ERA and 2.63 WHIP through three games played.
He’s stabilized with the Mariners, but nothing outstanding, though Sheffield did have a small breakout last season. He posted an ERA of 3.58 and 1.30 WHIP through ten games on the hill. That’s something to build on after he netted a 5.50 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in his first season with the Mariners.
Dustin May would be the ace for a club on other teams that lack a solid rotation. The 23-year-old owns a 2.85 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 28 games since 2019. After a 3.63 ERA as a rookie in 2019 through 14 starts, May outdid himself the next season with a 2.57 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 2020.
He looks on pace to even do better than that in this current campaign, even though it’s early. May has notched an ERA of 1.74 and 1.16 WHIP against the Athletics and Rockies. He has a bright future and should have the upper hand over Sheffield in the present on Monday night. The Mariners should make this game interesting at least, but a 6-3 or 6-4 win for the Dodgers looks reachable.