Clayton Kershaw makes his first start of the season when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
Monday, April 15 at 10:00 PM ET
Winds from the SSE 8 km/h
Gusts: 13 km/h
In addition to Kershaw's season debut, this will also be Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp's return to Los Angeles for the first time since getting traded to the Reds.
Kershaw signed a three-year, $93 million extension with the Dodgers in November and his return will provide boost a team that ended a six-game losing streak with Sunday's 7-1 win against the Brewers.
Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo hit solo home runs to help the Dodgers avoid back-to-back sweeps for the first time since 2017, when they last dropped seven straight games. The Reds, on the other hand, saw their four-game winning streak end after a 9-5 loss against the Cardinals last Sunday.
Luis Castillo (1-1, 0.92 ERA, 0.66 WHIP) vs. Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA, 1.04 WHIP last season)
Luis Castillo has pitched extremely in three starts this season, posting an 0.92 ERA and an 0.66 WHIP after allowing just two earned runs in 19 2/3 innings and he's averaging 11.44 strikeouts per nine innings (K/9).
Clayton Kershaw went 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP, recording 155 strikeouts over 161 1/3 innings last season and he finished the regular season ranking fourth in ERA, third in strikeout-to-walk ratio and fourth in opponents' on-base percentage.
Kershaw went 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA, recording 77 strikeouts against 12 walks, posting a 1.00 WHIP and holding batters to a .227/.255/.365 slash line in 13 second half starts last season and he's 153-69 with a 2.39 ERA in 318 career games (316 starts).
The Under is:
8-0 in Cincinnati's last eight games against a left-handed starter
9-1 in Cincinnati's last 10 games when their opponent allows 2 runs or less in their previous game
7-1 in Castillo's last eight starts overall
5-2 in Kershaw's last seven starts when their opponent allows five runs or more in their previous game
4-0-1 in Kershaw's last five home starts against the Reds
4-0 in Kershaw's last four starts against the Reds
Kershaw is 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in 10 career starts (one complete game) against the Reds while Castillo is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA and an 0.72 WHIP in two career starts against the Dodgers.
MLB Pick: Under 7.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports
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