In the last of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (69-69) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (80-58) at Angel Stadium, Garrett Richards (13-10, 3.77 ERA) and Mat Latos (4-9, 4.92 ERA) get the start. The Dodgers won the last game 6-4, extending a five-game winning streak. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 9 and will air on FSW, SNLA and ESPN.
In his last start, Richards pitched 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out one and walking five in a 5-2 victory over the Rangers. The Dodgers were unsuccessful to the Padres 10-7 the last time Latos pitched. He went 4.0 innings, allowing four runs and striking out three.
Los Angeles is a -135 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Angels are in an interesting position this season. While they have a notable winning record in games where they're the favorite (51-30), their overall money line (-557) is less impressive. They are 3-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. Against the NL, Los Angeles's offense has been struggling. Los Angeles has only averaged 3.4 runs per game compared to its 4.0 season average. The Angels are a dangerous hitting team with 360 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Angels don't give up many hits to opposing batters at Angel Stadium, ranking fifth in the AL with only 8.1 hits allowed per home game.
Across the field, the Dodgers have a record of 10-7 when they are the underdog and are -602 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 8-2 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 3-1 record. When it comes to scoring runs, the Dodgers haven't performed as well against teams from the AL. During those games, they averaged three runs per game, below their 4.1 season average. Los Angeles has an eye for the strike zone on the road, averaging an NL-best 3.9 walks per game. The Dodgers are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.41 ERA this season. They have a WHIP of 1.19, third best in the MLB. The Los Angeles pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an NL-best 8.7 strikeouts per game.
In their previous five games this season, the Dodgers have a 5-0 record. The Angels will take on a right-hander (Latos) in this game and have a 49-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Richards will take the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 65-44 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers recorded at least two errors for the ninth time this season.
The Angels managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are coming in with a 31-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Dodgers have a slight leg up on the Angels, as the Dodgers have won their last five games while the Angels have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 49-15. The Dodgers have a 60-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st, the Angels are near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 557 this season. The Dodgers rank in the bottom half at 19th with 571.
The Dodgers top the league in walks with 479 this season. The Angels rank in the bottom half at 18th with 378.
The Angels are 54-34 when they hit at least one home run. The Dodgers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 59-34 record.