10:10 pm
June 17

Guardians @ Dodgers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Cleveland Guardians (32-27)

@ Los Angeles Dodgers (39-23)


Starting Pitchers:

Plesac (CLE): 2-4; 4.70 ERA

Kershaw (LAD) 4-1; 2.12 ERA


Current odds:

Cleveland Guardians: (+235)

Los Angeles Dodgers: (-286)


The starting line-up for the Guardians is as follows:

The starting line-up for the Dodgers is as follows:

After receiving a pair of elite pitching performances, the Los Angeles Dodgers will move into a three-game interleague series against the visiting Cleveland Guardians by sending one of the top pitchers in franchise history to the mound.

The Dodgers just completed a brief two-game series sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Left-hander Tyler Anderson took a no-hitter into the ninth inning Wednesday, a day after right-hander Tony Gonsolin gave up one hit over 6 1/3 innings.

Anderson’s outing brought back reminders of Kershaw’s 2022 debut against another American League Central opponent, the Minnesota Twins, on April 13. The legendary left-hander crafted seven perfect innings on 80 pitches before he was removed from the game as a precaution.

Kershaw was pitching in a regular-season game for the first time since bowing out late in 2021 with a forearm strain. A separate bout with SI joint inflammation has already cost the 34-year-old a month this season, but he returned Saturday at San Francisco and gave up two runs on three hits over four innings and 71 pitches.

In 15 seasons, Kershaw has faced the Cleveland franchise just twice. He gave up four runs over five innings of a no-decision in 2008 and two runs over seven innings of a 2017 win.

The Guardians will enter after a 4-2 road victory against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday that completed a three-game sweep. The series opened a nine-game, three-city trip for Cleveland.

While Amed Rosario had a pair of RBIs in Thursday’s victory, it was six strong innings from right-hander Triston McKenzie that helped clinch the sweep. Cleveland heads to Los Angeles on a four-game winning streak while also taking seven of its past eight games.

Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac (2-4, 4.70) will take the mound coming off a no-decision Saturday against the Oakland Athletics, when he gave up four runs (three earned) over six innings in a 10-5 defeat. It is the Guardians’ only loss since June 7. Plesac’s eight hits allowed were the second most this season, and his two strikeouts tied a season low.

Plesac will make his first career start against the Dodgers and his first road outing against a National League West opponent in four seasons.

StreakSmarter Pick
Los Angeles Dodgers