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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Oakland Athletics Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021

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Having been suffocated by Dustin May and Clayton Kershaw on consecutive nights, the reeling Oakland Athletics must deal with reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer as they attempt to avoid a winless season-opening homestand when they face the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers one more time Wednesday afternoon.

May and Kershaw combined to limit the A's to a total of one run on six hits over 13 innings in the first two games of the interleague series, propelling the Dodgers to 10-3 and 5-1 victories.

The ball next will be handed to Bauer (1-0, 5.68 ERA), who began Los Angeles' current five-game winning streak with 6 1/3 innings in his Dodgers debut, an 11-6 road win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday. He gave up four runs but struck out 10.

The right-hander will take the mound with just a 1-4 career record and 3.72 ERA in eight career starts against the A's. He is winless in five career starts at Oakland.

Left-hander Jesus Luzardo (0-1, 9.00 ERA) will look to improve upon his season-opening effort against the Houston Astros when he faces the Dodgers for just the second time in his career.

The 23-year-old struck out eight over five innings on Friday but served up home runs to Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel among eight hits that produced five runs.

His only previous experience against the Dodgers came in relief last September in Los Angeles, when he allowed three hits, three walks and three runs in three innings in a 5-1 loss. Luzardo walked in a run during the shaky appearance.

Luzardo will have to deal with a Los Angeles offense that is in top form. Five different Dodgers have hit home runs in the first two games of the Oakland series. Max Muncy and Zach McKinstry each had a three-hit game Monday, and Justin Turner has produced consecutive two-hit games.

For the season, six different Dodgers have homered, with Will Smith, who had one in Monday's win, leading the way with two.

The Los Angeles offense kept rolling along Tuesday despite missing Cody Bellinger, out after getting spiked in the leg Monday, and Chris Taylor, hit in the left elbow by a Frankie Montas pitch in the series opener.

Edwin Rios took advantage of a rare start to collect two hits, including his first homer, in Tuesday's win.

Veteran outfielder AJ Pollock warned opponents not to sleep on the young Dodgers, especially McKinstry.

"His bat is definitely going to play in the big leagues," Pollock predicted. "That guy can absolutely flat-out rake."

Desperately searching for a positive, A's manager Bob Melvin observed after Tuesday's loss that right-hander Chris Bassitt's outing was better than his Opening Day start against Houston.

However, he interjected, "When you're not scoring any runs, every bad pitch you make is magnified. That probably was the best outing (for an A's starter) so far. We just couldn't support him offensively."

Elvis Andrus, Matt Chapman and Mitch Moreland combined to go 0-for-11 on Tuesday, extending Andrus' season-opening slump to 1-for-21, Chapman's to 2-for-19 and Moreland's to 2-for-16.

--Field Level Media

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American League

American League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Kansas City Royals96 .6000.04.24.2 7-42-26-0-4
Cleveland Indians87 .5331.03.83.5 4-14-66-0-4
Chicago White Sox89 .4712.04.84.1 3-35-65-0-5
Minnesota Twins68 .4292.54.84.4 2-54-33-0-7
Detroit Tigers610 .3753.53.45.2 3-33-73-0-7
Boston Red Sox116 .6470.05.64.0 5-56-17-0-3
Tampa Bay Rays98 .5292.04.24.8 3-46-46-0-4
Baltimore Orioles79 .4383.54.04.3 1-66-33-0-7
Toronto Blue Jays79 .4383.54.13.6 3-34-64-0-6
New York Yankees510 .3335.03.74.3 3-62-42-0-8
Seattle Mariners116 .6470.04.44.5 6-45-28-0-2
Oakland Athletics97 .5631.54.35.0 5-64-19-0-1
Los Angeles Angels86 .5711.55.45.3 5-33-35-0-5
Texas Rangers89 .4713.03.84.4 3-65-35-0-5
Houston Astros78 .4673.04.84.4 1-56-33-0-7

National League

National League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Milwaukee Brewers97 .5630.04.33.3 4-55-26-0-4
Cincinnati Reds87 .5330.56.14.5 6-32-44-0-6
St. Louis Cardinals88 .5001.05.25.2 2-46-44-0-6
Pittsburgh Pirates79 .4382.04.15.1 4-33-66-0-4
Chicago Cubs69 .4002.53.44.9 4-52-43-0-7
Philadelphia Phillies88 .5000.03.63.8 7-31-53-0-7
New York Mets74 .636- 4-13-36-0-3
Miami Marlins78 .4670.54.44.2 3-64-26-0-3
Atlanta Braves79 .4381.05.15.2 3-44-55-0-5
Washington Nationals59 .3572.03.65.2 3-52-44-0-6
Los Angeles Dodgers134 .7650.05.53.3 6-07-48-0-2
San Francisco Giants106 .6252.53.22.9 5-15-57-0-3
San Diego Padres108 .5563.53.93.3 5-65-25-0-5
Arizona Diamondbacks610 .3756.54.65.2 2-34-74-0-6
Colorado Rockies412 .2508.54.14.8 4-60-62-0-8

Last Injuries

Oakland Athletics

  • Reymin Guduan

    Prob Tues | probable

    Guduan has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recovering from a sprained left thumb, and he is expected to return to the lineup against the Twins on Tuesday.

  • Matt Olson

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Olson was held out of the previous game with a left thumb contusion, and it is unclear if he will face the Tigers on Thursday.

  • Mitch Moreland

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Moreland has missed the previous four games with right hamstring soreness, and it is undetermined if he will be available Thursday versus the Tigers.

  • A.J. Puk

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Puk has been shifted to the 10-day injured list with a left bicep strain, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Matt Olson

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Olson has sat out the last two games with a knee injury, and it is uncertain if he will be available for Thursday's clash with the Astros.

  • Ramon Laureano

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Laureano has missed the past four games due to an injured left wrist, and it is uncertain if he will play Wednesday versus the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Cody Bellinger

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Bellinger has been added to the 10-day injured list with a hairline fracture in his left leg, and it is unclear when he will return to action.

  • Mookie Betts

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Betts sat out the previous game with a right forearm contusion, but it is likely that he will suit up for Thursday's clash with the Padres.

  • Gavin Lux

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Lux has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list with right wrist soreness, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Brusdar Graterol

    Prob Sun | probable

    Graterol has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recuperating from an undefined issue, and he is likely to make his season debut on Sunday against the Padres.

  • A.J. Pollock

    Prob Sat | probable

    Pollock is nursing a sore groin, but is expected to be available to pinch hit Saturday against the Padres.

  • A.J. Pollock

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Pollock exited the previous contest due to groin tightness, and it remains to be seen if he will be in the lineup versus the Padres on Friday.

  • Mookie Betts

    Prob Tues | probable

    Betts has missed the last four contests with lower-back stiffness, but it is anticipated that he will take the field Tuesday versus the Rockies.

  • Chris Taylor

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Taylor sat out the last game with a left elbow contusion, and it has yet to be determined if he will be available Wednesday against the Athletics.