Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick

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The streaking Oakland Athletics will go for their seventh consecutive win as they play host to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California will broadcast this interleague matchup and the game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Oakland Athletics Odds

Los Angeles (-115) is entering this game as the favorite over Oakland (+105) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this night game at 7.5 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total stand at -120 for the over and +100 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds standing at +130 for the Dodgers -1.5 runs and -150 for the Athletics +1.5.

The Athletics are 67-46 straight up (SU) and 58-55 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 26.1 units for moneyline bettors and 1.6 units (ATS). Oakland has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven. The Dodgers, on the other hand, have gone 62-51 SU this year and are 50-63 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 17.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 12.8 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven.

Neither team has been a strong over/under play this year. Oakland games have a 53-53-7 over/under record in 2018. The Dodgers have an over/under record of 56-54-3.

Rich Hill will get the nod for the Dodgers. The left-handed Hill is 4-4 with a 3.63 ERA and 81 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Athletics this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Athletics are handing the ball to lefty Sean Manaea (10-7, 3.38 ERA), who’s got 98 strikeouts and 26 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.01. Manaea is 0-1 with five strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA in one start against Los Angeles this year.

Oakland’s pitchers have yielded 4.2 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.21, a WHIP of 1.23 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.6. The bullpen has a 3.31 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

The Oakland hitters are putting up 4.8 runs per outing, including 4.4 per game over its last 10 games and 4.6 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .262/.335/.453 over its last five matchups and is 5-0 SU during that stretch.

The Athletics’ offense has been led by shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Jed Lowrie. Semien is hitting .257/.317/.368 with seven home runs, 39 RBIs, 61 runs and 12 stolen bases, while Lowrie is hitting .267 with 17 homers, 68 RBIs and 48 runs.

In the other dugout, Los Angeles’ pitching staff allowed 3.9 runs per game and its starters own a 3.35 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 9.50 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.85, along with a K-per-9 of 9.38.

Dodgers hitters have slashed .242/.326/.428 on their way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.3 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Outfielders Chris Taylor and Matt Kemp continue to lead Los Angeles’ hitters. Taylor is slashing .255/.330/.448 with 12 home runs, 50 RBIs and 64 runs scored, while Kemp (.289/.337/.490) is up to 17 homers, 64 RBIs and 50 runs scored.

The Dodgers have lost 4.7 units and are 18-21 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 11 of those games, as opposed to 27 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 4.0 units and are 20-19 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has cashed in 17 of those games, compared to 18 that went under.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Athletics, ATS Winner – Athletics, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in three of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • The Dodgers have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.
  • Oakland has recorded 21.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 22.6 over its last five.