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The Angels Have Won Five of Their Last Six Over the Dodgers

o Adell #59 of the Los Angeles Angels makes a play in right field during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The Los Angeles Angels are 5-1 in their last six games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, including a current streak of four straight wins. The Angels will try to continue their recent dominance of the Freeway Series on Friday when they host the Dodgers for the first game of a three-game series.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Los Angeles Angels
  • Date/Time: August 14, 9:40 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
  • TV Coverage: FS1
  • Opening Odds: Dodgers -160 | O/U 9 (Line History)
  • Dodgers vs Angels Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The Dodgers opened as -160 favorites but have since been bet up to -170 favorites on the road. The Angels are now +155 home underdogs while the game’s total is set at 9 runs. Each of the Angels’ last four wins against the Dodgers has come as an underdog.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

Clayton Kershaw didn’t have his best stuff in his last outing against the San Francisco Giants, allowing seven hits, three home runs and four runs in only 4.1 innings. Despite the poor outing, Kershaw still has a 3.60 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP through his first two starts thanks to an outstanding season debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Patrick Sandoval started nine games as a rookie last season and compiled a 5.03 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. The 23-year-old seems to have taken a step forward this season with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP through his first two starts. Sandoval is still looking for his first career win with a professional record of 0-5 to date.

LA Dodgers News & Notes

Mookie Betts became just the third player in MLB history to hit three home runs in a single game six times in Los Angeles’s 11-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. It took Johnny Mize 1,884 games to accomplish the feat and Sammy Sosa 2,364. Betts did it in just 813 career games and still has the prime of his career ahead of him at just 27 years old.

Betts is now batting .319 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs this season. The Dodgers enter Friday’s action tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the most runs in baseball (107) and are alone in first place in home runs with 36.

LA Angels News & Notes

The Angels aren’t far behind the Dodgers in the home run department as they are tied for second in the major leagues with 34 homers. Mike Trout has been on an absolute tear in August with a .351 batting average, 10 runs, seven home runs and 13 RBIs in nine games played this month. Despite his efforts, the Angels are just 2-4 over their last six games and 7-12 on the season.

The Angels rank 22nd in the majors in team ERA at 4.54. Offseason acquisition Dylan Bundy has been brilliant through his first four starts (3-1 with a 1.57 ERA and a 0.63 WHIP), but the team has struggled to find any reliable starting pitching depth behind him.

Betting Pick: Dodgers -170

Clayton Kershaw is 6-2 with a 2.56 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in 11 career starts against the Angels. Look for him to bounce back from his poor start and for the Dodgers to pick up a third straight win Friday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Dodgers are 11-5 in their last 16 games.
  • The Angels are 4-0 in their last 4 vs the Dodgers.
  • The UNDER is 5-0 in the Dodgers’ last 5 vs the Angels.