TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH
#911 LA DODGERS with Kershaw (-175) over San Francisco with Long at 7:15 PM EST
In a bad mood off last night’s 7-2 beating inside Oracle Park, the Dodgers will respond with a solid effort in this division rematch. A quick peek at the NL West standings, shows that LA holds a slim 1.0-game lead over San Francisco and manager Dave Roberts’ crew need this victory to stay on top.
Veteran left-hander Clayton Kershaw will take the mound for the road team and make his first start since a May 7th appearance against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. With five outings in the bank this season, No. 22 has been nicked for only six earned runs and 19 hits in 30.0 innings of work. Kershaw struck out 32 and walked three on his way to a 4-0 tally with an elite 1.80 ERA. Even better, with 52 performances against the Gints including 50 starts, Clayton has assembled a phenomenal 24-14 record with a stunning 1.88 ERA. Kershaw made one rehab start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on June 5th and he will have five days in between games when he faces the G-Men.
Young southpaw Sam Long is scheduled to take the mound for the home team. With 11 trips to the bump in the books including three starts, No. 73 has been cracked for four earned runs and nine hits in 15.1 innings. Long struck out 10 and walked seven en route to an 0-1 mark with a 2.35 ERA. Overall, with 23 career appearances done including eight starts, Sam has been slapped for 29 earned runs and 46 hits in 56.0 frames. That adds up to a 2-2 tally with a 4.66 ERA.
There are plenty of team trends that help support this diamond investment. Los Angeles has tasted victory in 40 of its last 52 in the second game of a series, 39 of its last 51 after scoring two runs or less, 28 of its last 39 checking in off a loss, and 82 of its last 120 when priced as a favorite. On the opposite side of the yard, San Francisco has slipped in five straight when facing a foe that scored two runs or less in their last game and nine of its last 12 when priced as an underdog.
The top spot in the NL West is on the line for the road team in this matchup and manager Roberts will hand the pearl to a pitcher that flat out owns the team he is facing. Take Los Angeles with Kershaw. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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