Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Detroit Tigers - 4/9/14
Detroit Tigers (4-1) at Los Angeles Dodgers (5-3)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Anibal Sanchez (R) (0-0) (4.500) vs. Josh Beckett (R) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers / Detroit Tigers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-DET, SportsNet LA
The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers will play game 2 of a two-game series on Wednesday night. The Dodgers won the first game in 10 innings, 3-2.
The Tigers have now lost two consecutive games after winning their first four games of the season. And while the Tigers lineup struggled in the first matchup, producing only five hits in 32 at bats, Detroit’s pitching continues to impress. The Tigers have allowed three or less runs in four of their first six games. Anibal Sanchez hopes to keep that trend intact, as he pitched just four innings in his first start against Baltimore, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out three. Sanchez was 6-5 with a 2.44 ERA on the road last season and is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers.
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After a slow start out of the gate, the Dodgers find themselves with a 6-3 record. Even without Yasiel Puig in the lineup, the Dodgers managed to bang out 10 hits and win in walk off fashion. For the first time this season, Josh Beckett will take the mound after sitting out the first week with an injured thumb. Beckett was 7-14 last season with an ERA of 4.65, and he’s 3-4 with a 3.83 ERA in nine career starts against the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers are 6-1 in Sanchez's last 7 road starts and 12-5 in Sanchezs last 17 starts overall. The Dodgers are 1-7 in Beckett's last 8 starts and 56-23 in their last 79 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Tigers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles.
I know Beckett has a serious history with injuries and may end up stinking it up in his first start of the season. However, it’s not many times you’re going to get the Dodgers at home with the plus money. There’s value in taking LA, and I’ll bite.
Take the Dodgers.