Play the 'Total' for Tigers vs. Dodgers

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 3:21 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014 3:21 PM UTC

The Los Angeles Dodgers won the battle of the bullpens against the Detroit Tigers last night, which provides them value in the second game of the series Wednesday night.

Losing streak
Detroit has dropped two consecutive games for the first time under new manager Brad Ausmus, including a 3-2 defeat to Los Angeles as -114 road favorites Tuesday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive affair.   

The Tigers have compiled a 164-140 all-time record in interleague play, including a 12-8 mark during the 2013 campaign.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 3-7 in its last 10 road games dating back to last season.

Walk off victory
Los Angeles will try for a third straight victory after pulling off an extra-innings walk off win last night, with outfielder Carl Crawford leading the way—tallying three hits after going 5 for 22 in his first six games. 

The Dodgers bullpen has compiled a solid 2.73 ERA thus far in 2014, which is far better than the Tigers’ 5.74 mark in that all-important statistical category.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 34-22 in April, with the OVER going 27-26 in that situation.

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Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 4.50 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision of a 10-4 home victory over the Baltimore Orioles last week, as he allowed two runs and two hits over four frames. 

The right-hander was 6-5 with a 2.44 ERA in 15 road games a season ago, with opposing hitters batting .242 against him.

In four career efforts versus the Dodgers, Sanchez has registered a 0-1 record and 3.52 ERA.

Josh Beckett is expected to rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation for this affair, as he got through field drills Tuesday with no setbacks after coming back from thumb and ankle injuries.

The right-hander will be making his first start since May 13 of last year, while he went 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight total efforts in 2013.

In nine lifetime starts versus the Tigers, Beckett has put together a 3-4 record and 3.83 ERA.

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, as the OVER is 6-0 in Beckett’s last six home outings. 

Pick: Over 7


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