20* MLB Early Afternoon ANNIHILATOR on Los Angeles Dodgers -150
LA Dodgers vs. Oakland,
06/21/2012 15:35 EDT,
Score: 1 - 4
Money Line: -150 LA Dodgers
After losing the first two games of this series to Oakland, I'm backing the Los Angeles Dodgers to salvage Game 3 this afternoon. It's really a no-brainer considering ace and 2011 NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw gets the ball, and he's not about to let his team get swept.
Kershaw has picked up right where he left off last season, going 5-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.039 WHIP in 14 starts this year. He'll be opposed by Travis Blackley, who is 1-2 with a 4.87 ERA and 1.426 WHIP in four starts this season, including 1-1 with a 5.90 ERA and 1.500 WHIP in two home outings.
Oakland is 0-11 against the money line with a hot bullpen whose ERA is under 2.00 the last 10 games this season. The A's are losing in this spot 1.5 to 5.3 on average. The Dodgers are 4-0 in their last 4 road games with the total set at 6.5 or lower. Los Angeles is 7-0 in Kershaw's last 7 road starts with the total set at 6.5 or lower. The A's are 0-6 in their last 6 home games with the total set at 6.5 or lower. Oakland is 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a left-handed starter. These five trends make for a perfect 32-0 system backing Los Angeles. Bet the Dodgers Thursday.