Los Angeles Dodgers vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 4/6/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Location: RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-180) Oakland (+166)
Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2-1, 2nd in NL West) head to RingCentral Coliseum on Tuesday where they'll take on the Oakland Athletics (0-3, 5th in AL West). The Dodgers open this game at -180 while the Athletics are priced at +166. The total opens at 8. The pitchers who are expected to start are Clayton Kershaw and Chris Bassitt.
Los Angeles is slugging .510 and have been called out on strikes 35 times, while taking a walk on 23 occasions. They have tallied 24 RBI's in addition to 47 base knocks this season, while their batting average comes in at .329. The Dodgers have tallied 12 doubles as a unit and have hit 2 balls out of the park. They have 26 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .424. As a squad, the Los Angeles Dodgers are recording 6.5 runs per outing, which has them sitting at 5th in the league.
The Dodgers have an ERA of 5.14 on the campaign (23rd in the league), and their staff has struck out 33 batters. They have walked 10 hitters and their FIP is 4.67 as a team so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 3.30 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.14. Dodgers pitchers have allowed 6 home runs and also 21 runs in total (10th in baseball).
The Dodgers relievers accumulated a save rate of 60.0% and entered the game in 79 save situations last year. The relievers inherited 96 base runners over the course of last year and 29.2% of those runners ended up crossing the plate. Dodgers pitchers entered the contest with runners on in 74 outings as well as 66 outings with high leverage. The Dodgers had dispatched 249 relief pitchers to the hill during the previous year. The relievers accumulated 52 holds in the prior season (2nd in the league). They compiled 15 saves for the prior year and blew 10 of 25 chances to get a save.
Clayton Kershaw conceded 41 hits in 58.1 innings pitched last season. His ERA was 2.16 and he fanned 62 hitters. He gave up 14 earned runs last year with a strikeout to walk ratio of 7.8. He surrendered 6.3 H/9 and he had a WHIP of 0.84. Kershaw was the owner of a FIP of 3.31 and he earned an ERA+ of 196. Kershaw has taken the hill for 2,338 frames and has earned 2,528 punch outs during his career. Kershaw (175-77 career win-loss record) is the owner of a FIP of 2.76 and he has faced 9,207 opposing batters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 2.45 (636 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.006. He has surrendered 1,766 base knocks (6.8 hits per nine innings) and has 586 walks.
The Oakland Athletics have compiled an OBP of .268 as well as a batting average of .171 for the year. They have struck out on 37 occasions (7th in the league) and have earned a total of 21 hits. Oakland has a total of 2 home runs this season to go along with 9 runs batted in. The Athletics hold a slugging percentage of .293 and they are recording 2.25 runs per game (28th in MLB). They have recorded 5 doubles, while walking 13 times and putting up 9 runs.
The Oakland pitching staff have conceded 35 runs for the year and come in with a team ERA of 8.25 (33 earned runs conceded). They have relinquished 8 homers and they concede 8.75 runs per 9 innings (28th in MLB). The Athletics hold a team WHIP of 1.778 with a FIP of 6.61 as a squad so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 1.59 (27 strikeouts against 17 walks). They rank 4th in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 47.
Oakland bullpen pitchers had an inherited score percentage of 34.0% of 65 inherited base runners. Their relievers came into 61 games with high leverage and also 51 outings with runners on. Wrapping up the year with 21 save opportunities, the Athletics accumulated 34 holds in addition to 4 blown saves. They were ranked 2nd in the league with a save rate of 81.0%, and they sent 181 bullpen pitchers to the mound last year. Oakland called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the hill in 55 save situations and they earned 17 saves.
Bassitt earned a K/BB ratio of 3.2 with 55 total punch outs and an ERA+ of 177. He pitched in 63.0 innings last season while surrendering 8 H/9. Bassitt gave up 56 base knocks while he surrendered 16 earned runs (2.29 ERA). His WHIP sat at 1.16 and he earned a FIP of 3.59 throughout last season. Bassitt (19-22 win-loss record in his career) holds a 3.61 earned run average while allowing 8.3 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.45 and he has gone up against 1,730 opposing batters in his pro baseball career. He has conceded 162 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.273 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.1. During his MLB career, Bassitt has surrendered 372 hits while he has totaled 348 punch outs in 403 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oakland (+166)
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