The MLB-best Los Angeles Dodgers open an interleague series at the Seattle Mariners on Monday, and it could be a bit of a letdown game for L.A. Which way to lean at SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks?
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Seattle Mariners
Monday, April 19, 2021 at 10:10 PM ET at T-Mobile Park
A bit of a light schedule around Major League Baseball on Monday – Mondays are often the slowest day of the week – with seven games (was to be eight but Twins-A’s was postponed due to COVID issues with Minnesota). The lone interleague matchup features the Dodgers visiting the Mariners, meaning Los Angeles will add the designated hitter.
In the shortened 60-game regular season in 2020, teams only played other clubs from their geographic locations – i.e., NL West clubs played NL West and AL West teams. The Dodgers won three of four against the Mariners and they split two games in Seattle.
Austin Barnes led L.A. in batting .556 in the series with three runs scored. Corey Seager was 4-for13 with a homer and four RBIs. Cody Bellinger (more on him below) had two homers. Seattle’s Kyle Lewis (more on him below) was 7-for-14 with a homer and four runs scored. Kyle Seager, Corey’s older brother, was 5-for-13 with two homers and three RBIs.
Dodgers Probable Pitcher: Dustin May
The Dodgers made a few moves ahead of Sunday’s series finale in San Diego – why we think this could be a letdown game is because the Dodgers and Padres are such bitter rivals. L.A. activated reliever Brusdar Graterol from the 10-day injured list, recalled infielder Sheldon Neuse from the team's alternate training site and placed second baseman Gavin Lux on the injured list.
Cody Bellinger, the former NL MVP, remains on the injured list with a leg injury – it wasn’t thought to be overly serious at first but a new scan last week showed a hairline fracture in his left fibula. Needless to say, he’s going to miss a while longer. Bellinger was off to a bit of a slow start, batting .211 with two RBIs.
It’s stellar young right-hander Dustin May (1-0, 1.74) on the mound here. The red-haired 23-year-old has allowed two runs and nine hits with 14 strikeouts in 10.1 innings this season. This will be his first career start vs. Seattle, although he may have faced the Mariners in Cactus League action.
May is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA (7 ER/32.2 IP) in eight career Interleague games, five of them starts. He won’t have to worry about batting here. One Seattle player has faced him the regular season: Ty France is 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
The Dodgers are one of two teams in the young season yet to lose a series. They have MLB’s best record at 13-3 (although they did lose Sunday) and are +300 favorites on the MLB futures odds at BetOnline to repeat at World Series champs.
Los Angeles is 16-5 in its past 21 interleague road games.
Mariners Probable Pitcher: Justus Sheffield
Seattle’s Kyle Lewis was the 2020 AL Rookie of the Year, the first Mariners winner since future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 – which was the last time this franchise made the playoffs. That’s the longest such drought in MLB.
Lewis, a unanimous winner, led all AL rookies in fWAR (1.7), runs scored (37), walks (34), total bases (90) and games played (tied, 58). He tied for first with Chicago’s Luis Robert (who finished second) among rookies in home runs (11), finished second in hits (54) and RBIs (28), and tied for fifth in stolen bases (5). Lewis has not played yet this season due to a knee injury but could – COULD – debut on Monday. If not Monday, probably Tuesday.
The Dodgers’ starter Monday, Dustin May, was a touted prospect and so was Seattle starter and lefty Justus Sheffield. He was the key piece back in the James Paxton trade with the Yankees in November 2018. The 24-year-old Sheffield is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in two starts this season with 10 strikeouts and four walks.
This will be Sheffield’s first career start vs. the Dodgers, although like May he could have seen them in spring training. Two Dodgers have faced him in regular-season action: Mookie Betts is 0-for-1 and Sheldon Neuse 1-for-2. The Mariners’ pitching staff is tied for third-youngest in the majors this season with an average age of 27.8 years old.
Seattle is 5-2 on the MLB odds in its past seven as an underdog. I don’t have the stones to back them to win outright here but will take the M’s on the runline.
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