Updated Giants vs. Dodgers Odds: Clayton Kershaw Scratched, Moneyline on the Move
Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images. Pictured: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers
With just two games kicking off MLB’s 2020 season tonight there shouldn’t be much market-moving news, right?
Well, just hours after news broke that Washington Nationals slugger Juan Soto tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from tonight’s start against the San Francisco Giants due to a stiff back.
Dustin May will now take the mound for the Dodgers, and the betting market has certainly taken notice.
Los Angeles sat as a considerable -310 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook with Kershaw expected to get the start, but has now settled in at -260 with May taking the ball.
In turn, San Francisco has improved from +270 to +230 at the SuperBook.
The Giants vs. Dodgers over/under also required an adjustment, increasing from 8.5 to 9 after the news of Kershaw’s injury became known.
Due to the shortened season resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, most sportsbooks are treating baseball wagers as “action” only, meaning all bets placed before a pitching change are still valid and will be graded at the original odds.
According to The Action Network’s live MLB public betting data, 78% of moneyline bets have come down on the Dodgers, while 56% of tickets on the total are on the under.