Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 7/31/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (55-45) at Los Angeles Dodgers (57-45)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 31, 2015 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
H Santiago (7-4) (2.43) vs. C Kershaw (8-6) (2.51)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -215 / Los Angeles Angels +199 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels face off on Friday at Dodger Stadium for game one of their interleague rivalry MLB series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are in first place in the National league West but their once decisive lead has dwindled away to next to nothing. The Dodgers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 34-18 at home, and they have a half of a game lead on Giants in the NL West. As a team the Dodgers are hitting .253 with Justin Turner hitting .323, Adrian Gonzalez hitting .298, and Howie Kendrick hitting .288. The Dodgers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.37 with the starters at 3.14 and the bullpen at 3.87. For game one against the Angels the Dodgers start Clayton Kershaw who has allowed 105 hits and 39 earned runs while striking out 185 over 140 innings for an 8-6 record and a 2.51 ERA.
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The Los Angeles Angels appear to be set for a dogfight to the finish as whether they make the post-season as winners of the American League West or as an American League Wildcard team. The Angels are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 23-25 on the road, and they are 2.0 games back in the AL West. As a team the Angels are hitting .251 with Mike Trout hitting .315, Erick Aybar hitting .284, and Kole Calhoun hitting .272. The Angels pitching staff has an ERA of 3.61 with the starters at 3.65 and the bullpen at 3.52. For game one against the Dodgers the Angels start Hector Santiago who has allowed 98 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 112 over 118.1 innings for a 7-4 record and a 2.43 ERA.
The Dodgers are 4-1 in their last five interleague games against a left-handed starter, 6-2 in their last eight interleague home games, and 38-17 in Kershaw’s last 55 starts. The Angels are 4-1 against the NL West, 4-1 in their last five interleague games, and 5-1 in Santiago’s last six starts.
The odds here on the Angels are just too good for me to pass up so while it’s a risk, I am going for the big reward.