Dodgers vs. Guardians prediction and odds for Tuesday, Aug. 22 (Mookie mashes)

The Dodgers will face their former starting pitcher tonight and they'll be led by a red hot Mookie Betts, who hit two more home runs on Saturday against Miami.

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts (50)
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts (50) / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Noah Syndergaard started his season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and now he'll face them in Cleveland to kick off a three-game series with the Guardians.

Los Angeles dealt Syndergaard for Amed Rosario at the trade deadline. The right-hander is is 2-6 with a 6.57 ERA and will be taking the ball for the fifth time as a Guardian and 17th total time this year.

Bobby Miller will oppose Syndergaard. He's 7-2 in 14 starts for the Dodgers with a 3.70 ERA. 

The Dodgers enter this series at 76-47 after taking two out of three from Marlins this past weekend. Cleveland is 59-66 and dropped three of four to the Tigers. The Dodgers are favored on the road in this matchup in Rosario’s homecoming.

Dodgers vs. Guardians odds, run line and total

Dodgers vs. Guardians prediction and pick

On Saturday, the Dodgers took a 3-1 win over the Marlins behind two home runs from Mookie Betts.

Betts is making a real case for National League MVP after belting his 33rd and 34th home runs, and in the past week he has a 1.431 OPS, which is fifth best in baseball. Can you smell No. 35 coming off Syndergaard on Tuesday night?

Thor has given up 18 home runs in 16 starts this season and is allowing an xSLG of .522, which is second percentile in baseball. He's also in the bottom 2% of expected batting average and strikeout rate. He ranks in the third percentile in whiff rate. The Dodgers already don’t strike out a lot with intelligent hitters like Betts and Freddie Freeman, so the ball will constantly be in play tonight. 

Well ... at least when the Dodgers are at the plate it will be. When Bobby Miller is on the mound, not so much.

Miller has a much better strikeout rate, though is still just below league average. However, he has an above average xSLG of .377 and his barrel rate and hard hit rate are both low. His fastball is what Syndergaard’s used to be, touching 100 with ease and averaging 99.2 mph.

All of the best players in this one are on the same team, especially with Jose Ramirez having a mediocre year, by his standards. I feel comfortable taking the Dodgers on the run line because Syndergaard won’t stand a chance against the hottest team in baseball.

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