LA Dodgers at Houston Astros MLB Odds Preview

Posted by Daniel Strum on August 21, 2015 in

There are any number of things that a team can do in over the course of a season, but one of the most common is having a lopsided record away from home. Posting great stats in your own ball park is all well and good, but it can end up counting for naught for the team and MLB betting fans if you can’t regularly win on the road. That is sure to be in the heads of the LA Dodgers as they head into Houston to face the Astros in a 3-game series that begins on Friday.

LA Dodgers at Houston Astros MLB Odds Preview and Game Information

Date/Time: August 21, 8:10 pm ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Radio: KBME 790
Opening Lines: Dodgers +110, Astros -120

There are few teams that can boast a home record as good as the Dodgers (67-53) this season. Their 42-20 home mark is definitely excellent, but the fact that they are 8 games under .500 on the road is all the explanation you need for their fragile 2-game lead atop the NL West. They have 23 games left to play on the road this season, and a similar winning percentage in those to what they have posted so far may mean that they fall to a Wild Card spot, or perhaps even worse.

This road trip got off to a disastrous start with back to back losses against an Oakland A’s team who are really not very good. Things are only going to get tougher against Houston, especially since the Astros are engaged in a tight division battle of their own. Brett Anderson (7-7, 3.48 ERA) will start for the Dodgers. Anderson has gone unbeaten (3-0) in his last 4 road starts.

The Astros (66-55) are even worse on the road than the Dodgers, and they once again put that on display with an awful 2-7 effort on their last trip. They have settled right back in at home taking 2 of 3 from the Tigers and the Rays. They will have a chance to win the series against Tampa Bay on Thursday night, which might also help them extend their 2-game lead atop the division.

That lead is starting to look a little bit fragile, especially with the Texas Rangers looking as though they are putting things together for the stretch run. Like the Dodgers, Houston is going to have to find a way to start winning on the road if they want to hold on to their lead. Mike Fiers (5-9, 3.87 ERA) is still looking for his first win since coming over from the Brewers.

Key Betting Trends

  • Houston is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games at home
  • LA Dodgers is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Dodgers’s last 5 games on the road

Consider This Before Placing Your Bet

The Astros are a totally different team at Minute Maid Park, and that should be enough to get them the win against a Dodgers team that does not like the road.