Los Angeles Angels (45-44) at Los Angeles Dodgers (49-38)
Game Info: Friday, July 8th, 2023 at 9:10 p.m. EST (Dodger Stadium)
Betting Odds: Dodgers (-135) - Over/Under (9)
Pick: LA Dodgers -1.5 (+135)
Saturday takes us to the City Of Angels, as the Freeway Series is back underway when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Los Angeles Angels for the second game of their quick two-game series on Saturday night. Heading into the start of their series on Friday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers controlled the series after they swept the Angels the last time these two teams met in Anaheim.
The Los Angeles Angels have seemingly run into the same issue that they experience every single season. They are a team that is loaded with talent as they have the likes of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani on their roster. However, it just seems as if they can never put it all together. As they come into this game, hovering around the .500 mark as we approach the All-Star break. In usual fashion, Shohei Ohtani is separating himself from the rest of the pack as he leads all of Major League Baseball in home runs and looks likely to win the Most Valuable Player award at the end of the season. But despite how great Ohtani plays, the Angels still cannot assert themselves as one of the best teams in the league. They will also be without Mike Trout for the next several weeks after he picked up an injury earlier this week.
Taking the mound for them in this one will be Ty Detmers who comes into this start with a record of 2-5 and a 3.72 Earned Run Average. It hasn’t been the most successful first half of the season for Detmers, but he will be looking to grab a victory to head into the All-Star break on a positive note. However, he has already surpassed the 100 strikeouts Mark threw in his first 15 appearances of the season, so not all of his struggles and losses can be placed upon himself. Some of it can be attributed to the lack of offense the Angels have shown at times throughout the season.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers had a particularly slow start to the 2023 season but they have picked it up heading into the All-Star break. They have a couple of prime MVP candidates in Mookie Betts, and Freddie Freeman, and Max Muncy is driving balls out of the park at an impressive rate. If this star-studded lineup can continue to hit the ball well in the supporting cast can come together this Dodgers team has a realistic shot at winning the World Series this season. They faced an unexpected, tough task in the form of the Arizona Diamondbacks however who currently lead the National League Central division by a couple of games as they get ready to head into the Midsummer classic.
Results over their last ten games have not been great for both of these teams. The Los Angeles Angels come into this game on a three-game losing streak after they dropped Friday nights game to the Dodgers and they have only won three out of their last ten games on the season. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers have started to heat up, but even they have only 16 out of their last 10 games on the year as they are hovering around .500 in the last week and a half. However, they do come into the second game of the series on a three-game winning streak. They now have the opportunity to complete the series sweep and the season series sweep of their cross-town rivals.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
-The Los Angeles Angels are 23-20 after a loss
- The LA Dodgers are 21-27 after winning while covering
- The O/U is 49-33-5 in Dodgers games; Angels 40-42-7
With the recent trends that I’ve been occurring between these two teams, I’m leaning towards the Los Angeles Dodgers to grab a victory in this game. I look for the Dodgers to not only pick up the victory over the Angels and complete the series sweep but also cover the run line for the second consecutive night. As I don’t look for Detmers to have a quality start against the likes of Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, and Max Munchy.
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