The Los Angeles Dodgers (3-1) meet the Oakland Athletics (0-4) for a SoCal-NoCal interleague series opener Monday at 9:40 p.m. ET at Oakland Coliseum. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook‘s lines around the Dodgers vs. Athletics odds with MLB picks and predictions.
RHP Dustin May is the projected starting pitcher for the Dodgers. May went 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 7.1 K/9, and 2.6 BB/9 in 56 IP over 10
starts and two relief appearances last season. The 6-foot-6 righty won a rotation spot in a Cactus League competition, fanning 17 batters in 13 2/3 IP.
RHP Frankie Montas is tabbed as the home starter. He went 3-5 with a 5.60 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 10.2 K/9, and 3.9 BB/9 in 53 IP over 11 starts in 2020. Montas has been managing a cuticle tear on his right middle finger, so keep an eye on his status. Albeit in a small sample, the Athletics righty has been quite good in his home yards the last two years (.602 OPS allowed in 2020).
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Dodgers at Athletics odds, lines, picks and prediction
MLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Odds last updated at 2:44 p.m. ET.
- Money line: Dodgers -150 (bet $150 to win $100) | Athletics +125 (bet $100 to win $125)
- Against the spread/ATS: Dodgers -1.5 (+105) | Athletics +1.5 (-130)
- Over/Under: 9 (O: -100 | U: -120)
Athletics 5, Dodgers 4
Money line (ML)
Montas’ ERA through four starts each of the last three years (in order): 2.67, 2.70, 1.57. The 28-year-old right-hander is a solid sleeper candidate, fantasy and otherwise, and figures as a quality hurler if he can remain healthy.
May and the Dodgers figure to be getting too much attention with this tag.
A +130 would be more palatable, but OAKLAND +125 is a workable play.
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Run line/Against the spread (ATS)
These two clubs were near the bottom of the pile in one-run games a year ago, but consider OAKLAND +1.5 (-130) as a partial-unit insurance play.
The better parts of both bullpens are in decent shape. Both starters figure to be able to keep the ball down. The forecast calls for a batter’s breeze out to center, but the Coliseum tends to favor pitchers in night games.
A 9.5 O/U or an even price (-110) on the 9 would make for a lean on the Under. STEER CLEAR of the current tag.
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