Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 8/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (67-53) at Houston Astros (66-56)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 21, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Br Anderson (7-7) (3.54) vs. M Fiers (5-9) (3.87)
The Line: Houston Astros -120 / Los Angeles Dodgers +110 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers face off on Friday in game one of their interleague series.
The Houston Astros haven’t been at their best but they continue to lead the AL West. The Astros are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 42-21 at home, and they have a two game lead over the Angels in the AL West. As a team the Astros are hitting .242 with Jose Altuve hitting .305, Jed Lowrie hitting .265, and Evan Gattis hitting .237. The Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 3.43 with the starters at 3.79 and the bullpen at 2.69. For game one against the Dodgers the Astros start Mike Fiers who has allowed 17 hits and seven earned runs while striking out 15 over 17 innings for a 2-0 record and a 3.71 ERA.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to lead the National league West but they haven’t come close to shaking off the Giants. The Dodgers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 25-33 on the road, and they have a 2.5 game lead on the Giants in the NL West. As a team the Dodgers are hitting .255 with Howie Kendrick hitting .296, Adrian Gonzalez hitting .289, and Yasiel Puig hitting .250. The Dodgers pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.54 with the starters at 3.23 and the bullpen at 4.20. For game one against the Astros the Dodgers start Brett Anderson who has allowed 141 hits and 52 earned runs while striking out 90 over 134.2 innings for a 7-7 record and a 3.48 ERA.
Houston is 8-2 in their last 10 interleague games, 19-8 against a team with a winning record, and 37-15 as a home favorite. Los Angeles is 3-12 as an underdog, 1-5 following an off day, and 1-4 in Anderson’s last five starts against a team with a winning record. Los Angele has won eight of their last 10 games against Houston.
This looks to be more of a tactical game and that usually means low scoring so my free pick is a lean to the under.