(MLB) LA Dodgers vs. Oakland, 04/06/2021 9:40 PM, Score: 5 - 1
Point Spread: 1.50 | -105.00 Oakland (Home)
Result: Loss
I'm playing OAKLAND on the run-line (+1.5 runs) Off to an 0-5 start, the A's are going to be a desperate team. This obviously wasn't the start they were hoping for. Normally, Kershaw is one of the last guys a team wants to see when its trying to snap a losing streak. However, in this case, I think that the A's are catching the future Hall-Of-Famer at the right time. Kershaw has a 7.94 ERA and 1.94 WHIP to show for this season's lone start. Sure, that's only one start. However, he was also terrible in the spring. In four spring starts, he had a 10.22 ERA and 1.95 WHIP, opposing batters hitting .375. Bassitt allowed three runs through 5 1/3 innings in his first start. Probably not what he wanted but he absolutely kept the A's in it. Keep in mind that he had a stellar 2.29 ERA in 11 starts last season. Also, unlike Kershaw, he had an outstanding 1.74 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in the spring, opposing batters hitting only .179. Expect Bassitt and the A's to bounce back with AT LEAST a "run-line cover."