The Los Angeles Angeles and Los Angeles Dodgers will wrap up a brief two-game series on Wednesday night from Dodger Stadium. Even though these two teams share a city in California, this series has not turned into a great rivalry throughout the years. The Dodgers own the city of Los Angeles, but the Angels do have the best and most exciting player in baseball on their side.
The Angels have actually won three straight games with their win on Tuesday night, but it appears that it is going to be another lost year for the Angels. The Angels sit at 53-49 on the season but are still five games out of the second Wild Card spot in the American League. The Dodgers will be in the playoffs this season and might be the favorite to win it all. The Dodgers come into this game with a record of 67-36 and are running away with the NL West. The Los Angeles Dodgers are -190 over the Angels on Wednesday night.
Dodgers Have a Scary Lineup
The Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the best lineups in baseball, and they are scoring runs in bunches this season. The Dodgers have blasted 173 home runs as a team this season, which is far and away the most in the National League. Cody Bellinger leads the team with 34 home runs and a .333 batting average and might be the MVP of the National League. Max Muncy and Joc Pederson have combined for 59 home runs as well. This Dodgers team can mash.
Right-hander Ross Stripling will make the start for the Dodgers in this game. Stripling has been bounced around between the rotation and bullpen but has pitched very well in both roles. Stripling is 4-3 with a 3.64 earned run average this season and usually gives his team a chance to win the game. Pitching for the Dodgers is easy with all of the run support.
Barria on Mound For Angels
Jamie Barria will be on the mound for the Angels in this game, and it’s hard to really gauge how good his season has been. Barria has also split time between the bullpen and starting rotation and has never pitched very deep in a game. The right-hander is just 3-3 with a 7.36 earned run average this season. The Angels will need another solid start from Barria in this game.
The Angels might not have a great offensive lineup, but they do have a superstar in Mike Trout. Trout put on a show in the series opener on both offense and defense and should have another good performance in this game. The former MVP leads the team with 33 home runs and 80 runs batted in this season. The Angels will need to score runs to beat the Dodgers again.
Dodgers Win Game Two
The Angels got the better of the Dodgers on Tuesday night, but that’s not going to happen again. The Dodgers have a big pitching advantage in this game, and Mike Trout won’t be able to win another one by himself. The Dodgers are just the much better team, and they will come away with the win. Bet the Los Angeles Dodgers -190 over the Angels in the series finale.