MLB Betting Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels – Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 10:10 PM EST
Where: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
Moneyline: LA Dodgers -200
Betting Total: 9
In a battle for bragging rights in the city of Los Angeles, the LA Angels (52-49, 25-26 away) travel to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California to take on the LA Dodgers (67-35, 40-12 home) in game one of a short two game series.
Felix Pena (7-3, 4.92 era) toes the rubber for the Angels and he will oppose Kenta Maeda (7-6, 3.71 era) for the home team Dodgers. This will be the final two games of the season between these two clubs.
The Angels lead the season series 2-0 after winning both games by identical 5-3 scores at the Angels earlier this season.
This game is being played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California with the first pitch scheduled to take place at 10:10 PM EST
BetOnline has set the line for this game at LA Dodgers -200 and the over/under has been set at 9 runs.
It has got to be frustrating being in the same division as the Astros. The LA Angels (52-49) are in 3rd place in the AL West 12 games behind 1st place Houston and 5½ games behind 2nd place Oakland.
They are only 5½ games back of the final wildcard spot, but must catch Tampa Bay (4½) and Boston (2½) who are ahead of them. The Angels are playing well and on a two game winning streak and have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games.
The Angels are scoring 5.11 runs per game while giving up 5.02 runs per game. That offensive output has them ranked 12th in baseball in runs scored per game. Just think how much higher it could be if they had more help to go along with Mike Trout.
Things not going as well when it comes to runs allowed per game. They are ranked 19th in baseball in that department. The Angels have a run differential of +15 on the year.
Taking a glance at team leaders and you know who we are going to talk about. This guy leads in batting average (.300), on base percentage (4.48), home runs (32) and rbi’s (79). It is Mike Trout for those who do not follow the sport at all. 3B David Fletcher leads the team in hits with 100, but Mike is right on his tail with 98.
Felix Pena (7-3, 4.92 era) will be making his 6th start of the season. He has quietly become their best pitcher leading them in wins and strikeouts. In his last start and looking to go 8-2, he got blasted by the Astros. He only lasted 4⅔ innings, giving up 8 runs on 9 hits in a 11-2 loss.
He has bounced back nicely after a loss this season and he has not lost back to back games all year. That streak is going to be much harder to continue pitching at Dodger Stadium tonight.
In his career vs the Dodgers he is 1-0 with a 2.81 era and that win came in relief this season in a 5-3 Angels win.
The LA Dodgers (67-35) have the best record in baseball and show no signs of letting up. Even though we are not through July yet, it won’t be long until you can put an asterisk beside their name for clinching the division. The closest team in the NL West to them is 16 games back. The Dodgers have won three in a row and 7 of their last 10 games.
The Dodgers are scoring 5.43 runs per game while giving up 3.88 runs per game. Sort of surprising the offense is only ranked 5th in runs per game, every time I turn around it feels like they are clobbering somebody. The pitching/defense has been even stronger.
They are ranked 2nd in runs scored, 1st in hits allowed and 1st in fewest walks allowed per game. They lead every team in baseball with a run differential of +165. This team has it all this season. Anything less than a World Series Championship is going to be a disappointment.
Taking a look at the offensive leaders for the Dodgers and we find that RF Cody Bellinger is leading in all major categories. Batting average (.332), on base percentage (.433), hits (116), home runs (34) and rbi’s (77). This team is loaded with talent, Bellinger is just leading the way.
Kenta Maeda (7-6, 3.71 era) will be making his 20th start this season. The seven wins are nice, but he has not recorded a win since May 31st vs Philadelphia putting him at a season high 7-2.
He is 0-4 with a bunch of no decisions since then. Maeda did take the loss vs the Angels earlier this season when he gave up 5 runs in the first inning, otherwise it was not a horrible outing.
He has been much better at home this season going 5-2 with a 2.22 era. Maeda is 2-2 with a 4.22 era vs the Angels in his career.
Dodgers seek revenge and get it!
As great of a season as the Dodgers are having, there is one part of this season they have not done well. Even though it is only a tiny portion of the season, they have lost both games to the Angels. I don’t think they will have any problem getting up for their cross town rivals.
The Dodgers have been awesome at home going 40-12, while the Angels are just 25-26 on the road. It appears the Angels are hot, but they played Seattle six times recently winning five of those. This is real simple for me. Dodgers are the better team and they are at home where they do not lose too often. Throw in the revenge factor and we have a winner. Take the Dodgers!