Clayton Kershaw: Los Angeles Dodgers SP Faces the Kansas City Royals
The Los Angeles Dodgers (42-36) and Kansas City Royals (40-36) will continue an MLB interleague series Tuesday night at Kaufmann Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles has split four games of its current road trip, as it looks to bounce back from a 5-3 setback on the road to Kansas City Monday night, while going OVER the betting total for the third time in five contests. The Dodgers are expecting a big performance from outfielder Yasiel Puig in this affair, considering he entered the series with a .500 average in eight career games versus AL opponents. Los Angeles is 6-4 as road favorites of -125 to -150, with the UNDER going 6-3-1 in those 10 opportunities.
Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.52 ERA) pitched a no-hitter against the Rockies last Wednesday—striking out 15 batters without issuing a single walk on a season-high 107 pitches. The left-hander leads the Majors with 12.03 strikeouts per nine innings as a starter. In 18 career interleague games, Kershaw has compiled a solid 7-3 record and 2.64 ERA, including a 2-1 mark and 3.00 ERA in six outings versus the AL Central division.
Kansas City snapped a four-game losing streak with last night’s victory, while the OVER has cashed in six of its last 10 affairs. Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has been getting the job done at the plate—raising his batting average to .291 from .259 due to a recent .380 burst offensively over his last 21 games. The franchise has won eight of 10 interleague games this season, while it looks to improve upon its 11-9 mark versus southpaw starters.
Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy (4-6, 2.80 ERA) suffered a 2-1 road defeat to the Detroit Tigers last time out, as he allowed two runs and three hits over seven innings of work. The left-hander is 1-2 with a 4.37 ERA in six home games (four starts), with opposing hitters batting .198 against him. Duffy has never faced the Dodgers in his career, as he prepares to face Puig—a player that’s hitless in his last 10 at-bats.
Sports bettors will likely back the Royals due to their 12-8 record in their last 20 games as home underdogs of +125 to +150.