Oakland Athletics (4-8) at Los Angeles Dodgers (4-6)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 11, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -190 / Oakland Athletics +178 --- Over/Under: 8
The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Wednesday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium.
The Oakland Athletics need a bounce back win here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Athletics have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics have lost seven straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jed Lowrie leads the A’s with 15 hits and seven RBI while Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien have combined for 28 hits and 13 RBI. Daniel Mengden gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. This will be Mengden’s first career game against the Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look for a third straight win to rebound from a slow 4-6 start. The Dodgers have allowed one run in their last two games and three or less runs in seven of their first 10 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won 10 of their last 13 regular season games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Cody Bellinger leads the Dodgers with 11 hits and three RBI while Yasiel Puig and Chris Taylor have combined for 18 hits and five RBI. Alex Wood gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Wood is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and two strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 5-0 in their last 5 Wednesday games, 9-21 in their last 30 interleague games and 2-6 in Mengdens last 8 starts with 5 days of rest. The Dodgers are 23-9 in their last 32 interleague games, 10-3 in Woods last 13 home starts and 19-7 in Woods last 26 starts. The under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Mengden has given up eight earned runs in 11 innings this season, and that was at home. It's tough seeing him be better on the road, even if his numbers were rather impressive last season in limited play. Wood pitched eight scoreless innings in his home debut this season and had just a 3.20 ERA with an allowed batting average of .231 at home last year. The Oakland Athletics seem like a team that just can't catch a break, and things are getting out of hand quickly. The Los Angeles Dodgers are too talented to be average for long, and two straight wins could be the start of a turning point. I'll pay the price with the much better team here.