Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/5/14
Los Angeles Angels (66-44) at Los Angeles Dodgers (63-49)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Hector Santiago (L) (1-7) (4.164) vs. Clayton Kershaw (L) (13-2) (1.706)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -260 / Los Angeles Angels +230 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The battle for city bragging rights continues when the Angels and Dodgers take the field in game two.
The Angels are in a tough stretch of the schedule where they have faced Detroit, Baltimore, Tampa Bay and now the Dodgers which makes three division leaders. If they survive this the Athletics might be getting worried. The Angels survived game one with their city rivals by a 5-0 count behind Garrett Richards complete game five hit, nine strikeout performance. The bats gave Richards all he needed in a four run first with Josh Hamilton going deep while four players drove in runs and five scored. The Angels go with a hot Hector Santiago on the hill Tuesday for his first career meeting with the Dodgers. Santiago has been at the top of his game the last three times out where he has gone 1-0 with a 2.20 ERA.
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The Dodgers are looking to string together a few wins after struggling at home to the lowly Cubs who took two of three with the lone win coming in extra innings. The pitching wasn't great in that series but the scoring wasn't either and the offensive woes carried in to game one of their series with the Angels. Starter Zack Greinke allowed all five runs through seven frames but only three were earned which was still overkill with Richards throwing darts. The bats produced five singles with Carl Crawford going 2-5 while Hanley Ramirez was charged with a pair of errors. Clayton Kershaw faces the dangerous bats of the Angels on Tuesday night. Kershaw is on a collision course with another Cy Young with his 13-2 record and 1.71 ERA while posting a 0.82 WHIP.
I know what everyone is thinking here; run line on Kershaw and forget about it. That's not a bad plan but we are talking about massive odds on what is easily one of the best teams in the game. I'm not going against the 2014 Cy Young award winner but I'm not playing this either so I have no worry if the home team is struggling to score...