MLB Betting Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels – Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA
Date + Time (ET): Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 10:07 PM ET
Moneyline: LA Dodgers -154
Over/Under Total: 9 -110
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels will continue their Freeway series Tuesday night at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
The Angels rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Dodgers in the series opener. Despite that, these two teams are headed in opposite directions, as the Angels are approaching the cellar in the American League West, while the Dodgers are tied for the best record in baseball with Houston.
There currently is no moneyline for this game.
Dodgers Continue to Dominate
The Dodgers have won nine of their last 12 games and 13 of their last 17. Everything that can go right for a baseball team is going right for the Dodgers. Their starting pitching has been great. They have three starters with at least seven wins, including Tuesday's starter, Kenta Maeda.
Maeda is 7-2 with a 3.48 ERA. He has struck out 69 hitters in 67.1 innings. In his last seven starts, Maeda is 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA in 39.2 innings. Maeda is 2-1 lifetime against the Angels, including one win in relief. He has allowed four earned runs in 12 innings.
The Dodgers have the best ERA in the National League at 3.28. Couple that with their powerful offense, and you have the best-run differential in the National League at +107.
The Dodgers' offense continues to run through MVP and triple crown candidate, outfielder Cody Bellinger. He is hitting .355, with 20 home runs and 54 RBI. Third baseman Justin Turner is hitting .312. Outfielder Joc Pederson has quietly hit 18 home runs, good for fifth in the National League.
Angels Continue to Struggle
The Angels have won just five of their last 10 games and sit just five games out of last place in the American League West. However, they are four games out of a Wild Card spot. So, the season of mediocrity continues for the Angels.
They will send Felix Pena to the mound to face the red-hot Dodgers. Pena is 3-1 but has a 4.53 ERA. He has struck out 54 hitters in 51 2/3 innings. Pena is coming off an outing that was less than stellar. He gave up seven earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings on Wednesday against Oakland. The Angels' team ERA is 5.07, good for 12th in the American League.
The Los Angeles offense is led by Mike Trout, who is hitting .296 with 17 home runs and 42 RBI. Third baseman Tommy LaStella is hitting .315, which is good for sixth in the American League.
The Angels are the fourth-best hitting team in the American League, with an average of .258. Their plus offense, coupled with their minus defense, is why their run differential is -3 and their record is around .500.
The Dodgers are clearly the better team in this matchup, and I don’t see any reason why they won’t prevail here. Pena is coming off a bad outing, and seeing the Dodgers lineup won’t help matters. Pick the Dodgers in this one.