The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Oakland Athletics for the second game of their series here. We've got a pair of young lefties on the mound here, as Julio Urias gets the start for the Dodgers while Sean Manaea takes the hill for Oakland. Oddsmakers have the Dodgers as a sizable favorite in this game between two first place teams.
A's Slipping?The Oakland Athletics have been having yet another very solid season, an impressive feat for a team without a ton of resources. They're about to clinch first place in the AL West, and the Astros never gave them too serious of a run for their money. That being said it hasn't been all roses, as the team has quietly slipped over the past few weeks. They started the season off in dominant fashion but have been just mediocre ever since, going just 11-10 in their last 21 games entering Tuesday. As they look to close the season strong and pick up some momentum entering the playoffs, they'll go with Sean Manaea on the mound here.
Manaea only pitched five games in 2019 due to injury, and it remains to be seen if he's going to be able to recapture his 2018 form. He's been middling so far this season, entering with a 4.50 ERA through ten starts. He has only made it out of the sixth inning in one of those games, so don't expect him to go too deep here. Another thing to keep in mind here is that the A's aren't nearly as good of a team on the road. They're an impressive 20-8 in the friendly confines of their home stadium, but are a more up and down 13-12 on the highway.
Dodgers A JuggernautThe Los Angeles Dodgers have been an absolute juggernaut this season. They aren't just 38-16, the best record in the major leagues. What makes it so impressive is how consistent they've been, as they haven't had a single bad stretch the whole season. They've never lost more than two games in a row, and they've only lost one series the whole year. They certainly look like World Series favorites, as the offseason trade for Mookie Betts made their lineup nearly unstoppable. We'll get back to that lineup in just a bit, but first, let's talk about Julio Urias, who will start here.
Kike Hernandez toasted Julio Urias in the locker room during the celebration in honor of Urias' grandmother who passed away before the game.— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) October 21, 2018
Julio still pitched and got the most important out of the game 🙏😭 pic.twitter.com/KFMGYB088d
The 24-year-old lefty has a 3.49 ERA, and he's only given up three hits in each of his last two outings. One of those was at Coors Field, and his ERA at home this year is only 2.84. The Dodgers have five different guys with double-digit home runs, and they easily lead the majors in homers. The offense has been mashing recently, putting up 40 total runs over their last five games entering Tuesday. Urias doesn't go too deep into games, but since the Dodgers have the second-lowest bullpen ERA of any team in the majors, that doesn't concern me too much. Los Angeles is 10-3 in their last 13 games against left-handed starters so I don't think they'll have too much trouble with Manaea here.
- 10-3 in their last 13 games vs. a left-handed starter
- 71-28 in their last 99 home games
- 18-38 in their last 56 interleague road games vs. a team with a winning record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
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The Dodgers make a lot of sense on the money line here, since this line feels pretty short. They've been the most consistent team in baseball by leaps and bounds, and Urias has been far better than Manaea this season. Oakland quietly has been only a .500 team the last few weeks after their hot start, and they aren't as good as their record would indicate. Los Angeles has put up 40 runs over their past five games, and the A's have also been much worse on the road this season.
Prediction: Dodgers ML
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The under also makes some sense here. I have a lot of confidence in Urias' talent, and he has a 2.84 ERA at home this year. Manaea got off to a bumpy start this season but has been recapturing his old form recently, giving up only one earned run in four of his last five starts. These are the teams with the two lowest bullpen ERAs in the entire league, so don't expect much action after the two starters leave the game. Oakland's offense especially doesn't scare me, and this one won't be too explosive.