Los Angeles Dodgers vs Detroit Tigers Prediction 9-18-23 MLB Picks

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Detroit Tigers Prediction 9-18-23 MLB Picks player photo
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The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers clash Monday in game 1 of an MLB series at Dodger Stadium. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

Detroit Tigers Betting Preview

The Tigers look to build on their 4-game winning streak. The Tigers are 12 games back in the AL wild card race. The Tigers pitching staff is 18th in ERA (4.34), 9th in WHIP (1.25) and 27th in quality starts (40). The Tigers' offense is 29th in runs per game (4.03), 28th in batting average (.236) and 25th in homers (152). Spencer Torkelson leads the Tigers with 130 hits and 83 RBI, while Matt Vierling and Riley Greene have combined for 223 hits and 75 RBI. Eduardo Rodriguez gets the ball, and he is 11-8 with a 3.32 ERA and 132 strikeouts this season. Rodriguez is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.

Detroit Tigers Team Facts

The Tigers have won 10 of their last 11 road games after playing the previous day.
The Tigers have covered the run line in eight of their last nine night games against National League opponents following a win.
The Tigers have led after 5 innings in four of their last six games as road underdogs.
The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Tigers' last six games at Dodger Stadium.
The Tigers have led after 7 innings in five of their last seven games as road underdogs.

Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Preview

The Dodgers look for a win after winning 7 of their last 10 games. The Dodgers have already locked up the NL West. The Dodgers pitching staff is 15th in ERA (4.14), 5th in WHIP (1.22) and 19th in quality starts (48). The Dodgers' offense is 2nd in runs per game (5.66), 8th in batting average (.257) and 2nd in homers (232). Freddie Freeman leads the Dodgers with 195 hits and 93 RBI, while Mookie Betts and Will Smith have combined for 281 hits and 174 RBI. Lance Lynn gets the ball, and he is 11-11 with a 5.94 ERA and 175 strikeouts this season. Lynn is 8-3 with a 3.23 ERA and 75 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.

Los Angeles Dodgers Team Facts

The Dodgers have won eight of their last nine home games against American League opponents that held a losing record.
The Dodgers have covered the run line in seven of their last eight games against American League opponents.
The Dodgers have won the first inning in each of their last six games against the Tigers at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers have led after 5 innings in each of their last six games against American League opponents that held a losing record.
The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the last six night games between the Tigers and Dodgers.

Matchup/League Facts

The Los Angeles Dodgers rank 1st in the league for walks this season (607).
The Los Angeles Dodgers rank 2nd in the league for runs scored this season (838).
The Detroit Tigers rank 29th in the league for runs scored this season (601).
The Detroit Tigers rank 29th in the league for slugging percentage this season (.378).

Randy’s Pick

The Dodgers are always favored at home, and they should be in this matchup for obvious reasons. However, the Dodgers already locked up the division and could take their foot off the gas a bit, like we saw with the Braves. The Tigers have quietly won 4 straight games and Eduardo Rodriguez has been sharp this season with a 3.32 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Rodriguez has a 3.14 ERA and .233 allowed batting average on the road. Lance Lynn has an ERA of nearly 6. I'll take a shot at the road dog in this spot.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:Detroit Tigers +144