Astros vs. Dodgers prediction and odds for Saturday, June 24 (Back Dodgers early)

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller. / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers pulled out a 3-2 win in their series opener with the Houston Astros on Friday night, and they’ll look to duplicate that performance on Saturday. 

The Dodgers will send rookie Bobby Miller (31, 2.83 ERA) to the mound as he looks to bounce back from a rough outing against the San Francisco Giants (seven earned runs) his last time out. It was the first start all season Miller allowed more than one run. 

He takes on Astros righty Ronel Blanco (1-0, 4.66 ERA) in this matchup. 

Los Angeles and Houston are both looking to get back in the mix for the top spot in their respective division, but who has the edge tonight? 

Astros vs. Dodgers odds, run line and total

Astros vs. Dodgers prediction and pick

This week on Baseball Insiders, I made picks for each of these games in this series, hitting on the Dodgers First 5 Innings Moneyline in Game 1. 

In Game 2, I am a huge fan of a Bobby Miller prop, but I also like the Dodgers to win the first five innings once again. 

Los Angeles has a terrible bullpen this season (27th in bullpen ERA at 4.83), so it’s really hard to trust this team after the starter exits. 

However, the Dodgers do have the starting pitching advantage in this matchup. 

Even though Miller was roughed up his last time out, he still has a 1.01 WHIP and 2.83 ERA on the season, shutting down every other team he’s faced. 

He has a massive edge over Blanco, whose Fielding Independent Pitching is at 5.58 on the season. 

Not only that, but the Dodgers have crushed right-handed pitching this season, ranking fifth in MLB in OPS against them. 

I expect Los Angeles to handle business early with Miller on the mound.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.