Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 2.39 ERA) is on the hill for the Los Angeles Dodgers (67-51) as they square off against Felix Doubront (1-1, 4.59 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (51-69) in the first of a two-game series at Coliseum. The Athletics come into this series in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 18 and can be seen on CSCA and SNLA.

Doubront pitched 6.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs and walking one in a 10-3 defeat to the Blue Jays. Ben Zobrist (.283, 49 Rs, 9 HRs, 43 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI. Kershaw went 8.0 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out eight in a 3-0 win over the Nationals in his most recent start.

Los Angeles is favored (-218) over Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at six runs. The Athletics have recorded an overall money line of -2,542 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 20-36. Oakland has recorded a disappointing 2-7 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Athletics have seen an uptick in scoring against teams in the NL, averaging 5.0 runs per game. They average 4.0 runs per game on the season. Oakland's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 5.9 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.0. The Athletics are the top team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 7.7 hits per contest to their opponents this season.

In games where it is the favorite, Los Angeles has a 60-46 record and an overall money line of -824. Los Angeles has put in a great performance against interleague opponents, coming in with a nice record SU ({}) and as the favorite (7-4). The Dodgers can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fifth in the league with 146 home runs. Los Angeles's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 3.52 ERA.

The Athletics have a bad 9-24 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kershaw takes the mound. Doubront (LHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a 10-12 record against left-handed starting pitchers.

Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over


The Dodgers won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Athletics are 13-27. The Dodgers are 16-19 in close games this season.

When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 21-21, while Oakland is 21-30.

The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 23-34 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.

When they are outhit, the Athletics are 7-46. The Dodgers have a 13-37 record when opponents outhit them.

Ranking 25th in home runs, Oakland has hit 96 this season. Los Angeles ranks fifth with 146 home runs.

Oakland and Los Angeles both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Oakland sits at ninth with 8.61 hits per game and Los Angeles ranks 10th with 8.51.

Ranking 23rd, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.696). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .763.

The Dodgers are 28-36 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 17-50 when they allow at least one homer.