A fun interleague matchup begins on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, when the Oakland Athletics (33-20) visit the Los Angeles Dodgers (38-16) in game one of a three game series. Oakland has already wrapped up the AL West and the Los Angeles Dodgers have a magic number of two to clinch he NL West. Oakland is currently the three seed in the AL playoffs and the Dodgers are the top seed. This game will air live on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. EST.
Oakland hosted the San Francisco Giants over the weekend and came away with two wins in three games. The Athletics won game one and game two by a score of 6-0, but San Francisco avoided the sweep with a 14-2 explosion on Sunday.
Los Angeles visited Colorado for a four-game series and came away with three wins. The Dodgers won game one 9-3, followed that up with a 15-6 win on Friday, and made it three in a row with a 6-1 win on Saturday. Colorado avoided the sweep with a 6-3 win on Sunday.
Below is my pick for the Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Dodgers. All odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Odds: Oakland Athletics (+146) at Los Angeles Dodgers (-168)
Pitching Matchup: Frankie Montas (3-4, 5.86 ERA, 1.53 WHIP) vs Dustin May (1-1, 2.68 ERA, 1.09 WHIP)
Frankie Montas has had a rough 2020 and there are no signs that is going to stop anytime soon. In September, Montas has allowed 13 hits and six earned runs in just 10.1 innings pitched. For 2020, the righty has allowed 46 hits and 28 earned runs in just 43.0 innings of work. A 2020 to forget for Frankie Montas.
On the other hand, Dustin May has had an electric 2020 as he has allowed two earned runs or less in all nine starts this season, though he did allow three total runs, two unearned, his last start. In September, May has allowed right hits and five runs (three earned) in 12.0 innings pitched. For the season, May has allowed 40 hits and 16 runs (14 earned), in 47.0 innings pitched.
Left fielder Robbie Grossman leads the Athletics with a .231 batting average and .782 OPS. Designated hitter Mark Canha leads with a .366 on base percentage and first baseman Matt Olson leads with a .450 slugging, 14 home runs, and 42 RBI’s.
It has been the Mookie Betts show in Los Angeles this season as the right fielder leads the team with a .597 slugging, .973 OPS, 16 home runs, and 39 RBI’s. Shortstop Corey Seager leads the team with a .311 batting average and utility man Chris Taylor leads with a .378 on base percentage.
Free MLB Picks: I am going to back the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night.
2020 Picks Record: 54-38