The battle of Los Angeles – a two-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels – begins on Tuesday night at Angels Stadium.
The Dodgers are hoping to turn things around after falling into third place in the NL West behind the surging San Francisco Giants.
The Angels, on the other hand, are in second in the AL West, but still sit five games behind the Texas Rangers.
Both teams are throwing lefties on Tuesday night, with Clayton Kershaw (8-4, 2.95 ERA) taking on Angels youngster Reid Detmers (1-5, 4.48 ERA).
Let’s break down the odds and a best bet for Tuesday’s contest:
Dodgers vs. Angels odds, run line and total
Dodgers vs. Angels prediction and pick
It’s hard to bet against Kershaw this season, as the Dodgers are 9-5 in his 14 starts and he’s allowed fewer than four runs in 10 outings.
Detmers’ Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) of 3.49 suggests that he’s actually pitched better than his ERA shows, but the bigger issue for the youngster has been how many baserunners he has allowed.
In 2023, Detmers has a 1.46 WHIP, giving up 65 hits and 26 walks in 62.1 innings of work. That’s not going to cut it against a Dodgers team that has mashed left-handed pitching in 2023 – ranking fourth in the league in OPS against southpaws.
Kershaw is the model of consistency year in and year out, and he’s been elite in three June starts, posting a 1.80 ERA across 20.0 innings of work.
While the Angels are seventh in MLB in OPS against lefties, I think this comes down to which starter bettors should trust more.
Kershaw is the obvious answer in my mind, so I’ll take the Dodgers to win on the road.
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