MLB Betting Notes: Harvey, Ohtani, Kershaw in the Sunday Spotlight
Raise your hand if you had Clayton Kershaw starting the season 0-2, or Shohei Ohtani hitting three homers in the first four games his MLB career, or Matt Harvey tossing a one-hitter.
Put your hands down, liars.
The big questions for Sunday: Will Dodgers offense finally provide Kershaw with some run support? Will Ohtani’s hot streak carry over to the mound? Will Harvey’s bounce-back season continue? We’ve got the answers.
Los Angeles Dodgers (-190) @ San Francisco Giants (+170) | O/U: 8
4:05 p.m. ET
Clayton Kershaw (0-2, 2.25 ERA) vs. Ty Blach (1-1, 5.79 ERA)
Zero panic: Kershaw hasn’t started a season 0-2 since 2009, so I think it’s probably safe to say that he’s just not very good anymore. In all seriousness, he’s still a +160 favorite to win the NL Cy Young at Westgate, so I wouldn’t put too much stock into a record that matters only in fantasy (yes, I have him on my fantasy team). — Danny Donahue
Money vs. San Fran: Kershaw has made 20 career starts on the road against the Giants, he owns a 1.31 ERA with opposing batters hitting .176 against him. The Dodgers are 14-6 on the moneyline those 20 starts (+4.3 units), including winning six of their past seven on the road. — Evan Abrams
Forever chalk: Kershaw has been favored in every regular-season road start since July 2012. The Dodgers are 53-22 (71%) straight-up in those games. — John Ewing
Contrarian spot? Only 22% of bettors braved Ty Blach and the Giants in Blach vs. Kershaw Round 1, but they were rewarded handsomely with a payout of +250 or higher. I can almost guarantee the Giants will see fewer than 30% of bets again this time around because there’s no way Blach can beat Kershaw two times in a row, right? Right??? — Mark Gallant