Let’s take a closer look at the pro baseball odds for this interleague affair at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET.
Hitting the road
Detroit’s Brad Ausmus is set to manage his first road game after the club went 4-1 on its season-opening homestand, which ended with a 3-1 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles as -140 favorites Sunday.
Ausmus will have some big decisions to make on the lineup card over the course of this series, as the Tigers will be unable to pencil in a designated hitter due to playing in a National League ballpark.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 18-32 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125, with the UNDER going 29-14 in that situation.
Los Angeles snapped a two-game losing streak in picking up a 6-2 home victory over the San Francisco Giants on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive affair.
The Dodgers are definitely pleased with outfielder Matt Kemp’s start to the season, as the launched two home runs last time out.
MLB handicappers need to keep a close eye on the starting lineup for this affair, as Kemp may sit due to being hitless in 16 career at-bats versus Detroit’s scheduled starting pitcher (Scherzer), but he may hit the field due to Yasiel Puig’s thumb injury.
Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 2-1 home victory over the Kansas City Royals last week, as he allowed just four hits over eight shutout innings.
The right-hander went 9-2 with a 2.28 ERA in 16 road starts last year, with opposing hitters batting .177 against him.
In four career outings at this venue, Scherzer has tallied a 1-2 record and 4.38 ERA.
Dodgers starting pitcher Dan Haren (1-0, 0.00 ERA) picked up a 5-1 road victory over the San Diego Padres in his season debut—scattering four hits and striking out six batters in six frames.
The right-hander has compiled a 5-4 record and 3.82 ERA in 11 lifetime efforts versus the Tigers, while he’s limited star first baseman Miguel Cabrera to just four hits in 19 at-bats against him.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Dodgers as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won 24 of their last 31 series openers.