Dodgers at +110 for MLB Picks

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 1:30 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014 1:30 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Dodgers are familiar with Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer, which makes them a dangerous home underdog Tuesday night. Find out why we believe that the MLB odds are a bit off for this matchup.

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.

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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.

 

Crowded outfield
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.

 

Scherzer
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.

 

Haren
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.

 

Prediction
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. 

Free MLB Pick:  Los Angeles Dodgers +110
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