Houston Astros (70-41) at Los Angeles Dodgers (61-50)
|Date & Time||Saturday August 4, 2018, 9:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -105 / Houston Astros -105 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Saturday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium.
The Houston Astros look for another victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Astros have scored 15 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Houston Astros have won five of their last eight games when scoring more than two runs. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 134 hits and 46 RBI while Alex Bregman and George Springer have combined for 220 hits and 127 RBI. Lance McCullers Jr. gets the ball, and he is 10-6 with a 4.06 ERA and 133 strikeouts this season. This will be McCullers’ second career game against the Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers also look for a victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The Dodgers have scored 28 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won five of their last six games when scoring more than one run. Chris Taylor leads the Dodgers with 104 hits and 50 RBI while Matt Kemp and Cody Bellinger have combined for 195 hits and 113 RBI. Kenta Maeda gets the ball, and he is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA and 119 strikeouts this season. This will be Maeda’s first career game against the Astros.
The Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 Saturday games, 5-2 in McCullers Jr.s last 7 Saturday starts and 7-3 in McCullers Jr.s last 10 starts. The Dodgers are 19-7 in their last 26 interleague home games, 5-2 in Maedas last 7 interleague starts and 1-4 in Maedas last 5 starts. The Astros are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles, 7-3 in the last 10 meetings and the under is 8-2-1 in the last 11 meetings.
Both of these teams are due for an offensive explosion after the pitchers battle we had last night. As good as McCullers is, he's allowed 15 runs in his last 13.2 innings, and he has a 4.67 ERA with an allowed batting average of .242 on the road this season. Maeda has given up 13 hits and eight runs in his last 11.2 innings and has had a recent issue with keeping the ball in the park in those last two starts. The over is also 4-1 in McCullers' last five road starts. I'm going to take the over in this contest.