Major League Baseball Previews
Oakland Athletics @ Arizona Diamondbacks: On Tuesday, the second game of the interleague series between Oakland and Arizona takes place, and it features two teams that had polar opposite outlooks coming into the season. Oakland was expected to take another step as a blue collar team that never takes an inning off. Arizona continues to rebuild itself, while playing in a division that is dominated by the big spenders in Los Angeles and San Diego. So far this season Oakland pitchers have been devastated, ranking 30th in ERA, WHIP, and K/9, as well as the opponent's batting average. The bats haven’t been much better, ranking 29th in the majors in batting average, and 30th in slugging. Arizona has been slightly better but with Ketel Marte out of the lineup, I believe it leaves too big of a hole for the bench players to fill. I also think Oakland is being underrated because of two early season series against Houston that made the pitching staff look terrible. But they won the last two against the Astros handily after two impressive starts from Sean Manaea and Frankie Montas, who both put up quality starts. The A’s are looking at starting either Cole Irwin or Jesus Luzardo, both of who are lefties and have had early season struggles. Still, I like Oakland’s chances of getting back on track in the desert, so I think if the odds are good enough, take Oakland on the runline.
Colorado Rockies @ Los Angeles Dodgers: On Thursday, the Rockies and Dodgers play in game two of their NL West series, and this one has blowout written all over it. The Dodgers have picked up right where they left off last year with a dominant offense that ranks 1st in OBP, 2nd in OPS and batting average, and third in slugging. It doesn’t matter who the Dodgers throw out on the mound, but at this stage in the rotation it should be either Trevor Bauer or Walker Buehler. Either way, I don’t really see the Rockies keeping this one close at all. Without all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado this year, the Colorado offense has been pedestrian, even when playing at home at the hitter-friendly park at Coors Field. Colorado is in full rebuild mode now and has a very young and inexperienced lineup aside from Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon. The only thing that gives me pause is that Cody Bellinger is on the IL and Mookie Betts has been in and out of the lineup with a back injury, so keep an eye on the final lineup that Los Angeles fields. I still think that no matter who is in the lineup, the Dodgers just have too much firepower for the Rockies to handle, so once again I am going to take a big runline favorite with the Dodger, and sprinkle a little on a juiced runline of -2.5 runs as well.
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