Interleague play very often serves as a bit of a break from the grind of playing against division and league rivals, but players are still acutely aware that these games also count in the overall win/loss record. The novelty factor of these games tends to disappear as the season progresses, especially when we reach the point in the season when we are getting right down to the wire in the race for the playoffs. With the trade deadline fast approaching, it is more than fair to suggest that we are very much at that point in the season right now.
There is a way of thinking that no lead is safe until mathematics decrees that the lead cannot be overturned. While this is certainly true in most cases, it would be a brave person who would bet against the LA Dodgers winning the NL West this season. They will be looking to settle the score when they welcome in the LA Angels for 2 games, as the Angels took both games against the Dodgers earlier this season. The Dodgers are favored by 1 ½, with the run total set at 9 ½.
Angels vs Dodgers MLB Odds, Game Info & Prediction
- When: Tuesday, July 23 at 10:10 PM EST
- Where: Dodger Stadium, LA
- Starting Pitchers: Pena vs. Maeda
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Radio: AM 570
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Odds: Los Angeles Dodgers -185 (Total 9.5)
Why bet on the LA Angels?
The LA Angels have, on many occasions, been their own worst enemy this season, largely due to the fact that they have been horribly inconsistent. This is a team that is, on paper at least, good enough to be in the postseason picture, but they are going to need to work hard in the second half to meet that potential. Their chances of winning the division are slim to none at this point, as they are down in 3rd, 12 ½ games back of the Astros in the West.
Perhaps more problematic is the fact that they are 5 games back of the A’s in second, which means that they are also 5 games back of the final Wild Card spot. The angels have won back to back games and are now 7-3 in their last 10, but they are also just 25-26 on the road. It will be Felix Pena (7-3, 4.92 ERA) who starts here.
- Runs: 5.11
- Hits: 8.87
- Walks: 3.64
- Strike Outs: 7.01
- Runs: 5.02
- Hits: 8.43
- Walks: 3.54
- Strike Outs: 8.83
Why bet on the LA Dodgers?
The Dodgers just keep on rolling along this season and are coming off a sweep of the Miami Marlins over the weekend, taking them to 7-3 in their last 10 games. Overall, the Dodgers are now sitting at 67-35 on the season, which is good enough to give them a 15 ½ game lead in the NL West.
There are only two teams in the entire MLB that the Dodgers have failed to beat this season, with the Angels being one of those teams, so look for them to correct that over the course of the next 2 days. Being at home is certainly a big help for the Dodger, who have gone 40-12 SU in their own ballpark. They are 27-25 ATS as a home favorite. The Dodgers will start Kenta Maeda (7-6, 3.71 ERA) in this one.
- Runs: 5.43
- Hits: 9.00
- Walks: 3.87
- Strike Outs: 8.10
- Runs: 3.88
- Hits: 7.43
- Walks: 2.27
- Strike Outs: 9.10
Angels vs Dodgers MLB Betting Trends
- Angels are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games played in July
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Angels’ last 7 games against an opponent in the National League
- Dodgers are 12-3 SU in their last 15 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of LA Dodgers’ last 9 games
- Angels are 2-0 against LA DODGERS this season
- Pena is 0-0 when starting against LA DODGERS with an ERA of 2.89 and a WHIP of 1.072
- Maeda is 1-2 when starting against LA ANGELS with an ERA of 4.29 and a WHIP of 1.048
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Angels vs Dodgers
While the Angels may have won the previous 2 meetings with the Dodgers this season, they are going to have a much tougher time matching that on the road. I have the Dodgers winning a close one on Tuesday night.
Score: LA Angels 4 – LA Dodgers 5