Vegas Odds & MLB Predictions: Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels (July 8th, 2018)
Battle of LA Concludes Tonight on Sunday Night Baseball
The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 on Saturday night, evening their three-game series at one win apiece.
The Angels took Friday night’s game by a 3-2 score. In that game the hits were scarce as the teams combined for a total of nine on the night. The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth and then called on one of the best closers in the game, Kenley Jansen to seal the deal.
Instead the Angels rallied, with all the action coming once there were already two outs in the frame. Shohei Ohtani got the festivities started by walking and stealing second and then advancing to third on a throwing error. Consecutive singles by David Fletcher Iam Kinsler would end it, with Fletcher scoring on a throwing error by Yasiel Puig.
The Dodgers rebounded on Saturday night behind another sterling outing from starter Ross Stripling. The offense was once again dry for both teams as they combined for a grand total of eight hits.
Justin Turner had a two-run single in the fifth to open the scoring and Mike Trout hit his 25th home run in the sixth to half the lead. Puig atoned for his Friday night blunder with a 419-foot home run in the ninth to close out the scoring and Jensen came on for his 24th save with a perfect ninth.
The Dodgers are now 5-1 in July and their overall record is 48-40. They are a game back of Arizona in the NL West. The Angels are 45-45 overall and in July they are 2-4. They are in fourth in the AL West, 14.5 games back of Houston.
Alex Wood (5-5, 3.84 ERA) has been rolling of late after some early season struggles. He’s now got a 2.19 ERA in his last four starts and the Dodgers have won them all. He’s also allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his last ten games. The Dodgers are 7-3 in those outings.
Andrew Heaney (4-6, 3.94 ERA) gave up three runs in seven innings in a 4-1 loss to the Mariners last time out. It was the third time in four starts that he’s pitched at least seven innings and allowed three runs or less. The Angels have lost two of them. They are just 3-7 in his last ten appearances.
The Dodgers are -132 favorites and the Angels are +112 underdogs. The way these teams have been struggling to hit in this series so far has me feeling this could be a break out game for one or both teams. I’ll take the Dodgers to pull it out. The Pick: Dodgers 7-5.