This game could be low scoring as Andrew Heaney (6-2, 3.18 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (69-67) meet Clayton Kershaw (12-6, 2.18 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (78-58) in the second of a three-game series at Angel Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 7-5 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 8 and will air on FSW and SNLA.
In his most recent outing, Heaney pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three runs and striking out six in a 9-4 victory over the Athletics. Albert Pujols (.250, 73 Rs, 35 HRs, 82 RBIs, 4 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one RBI. The Dodgers were also victorious the last time Kershaw pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 9.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out 15 and walking one in a 2-1 victory over the Giants. Justin Turner (.290, 47 Rs, 15 HRs, 52 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 6 yesterday with one run.
The Over/Under (O/U) for this game is set at six runs and Los Angeles is a heavy +176 underdog. The Angels have a losing record of 18-38 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -557. Over the last 10 games, they have performed poorly when playing as the underdog (1-4). Los Angeles has averaged 3.4 runs per game during interleague play, lower than its season average of 4.0. The Angels are a dangerous hitting team with 357 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. In games against National League opponents, Los Angeles's pitchers are doing better against opposing batters. It only gives up an average of 3.4 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.1. The Angels are fourth in the AL in hits allowed at home with just 8.0 per game.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Dodgers come into this game with a win percentage of .575 when playing as the favorite (69-51) and an overall money line of -602. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 8-2 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 5-1 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. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have the third-lowest ERA in the NL at 3.40. They have a WHIP of 1.19, fourth best in the MLB.
So far this season, the Dodgers are 4-0 against the Angels. The Angels will take on a left-hander (Kershaw) in this game and have a 20-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Dodgers will be the left-hander Heaney. They sport a 14-14 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, the Angels are 34-20, while the Dodgers are 25-22.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Angels have a 25-44 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 49-15. The Dodgers have a 59-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st, the Angels are near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 553 this season. The Dodgers rank in the bottom half at 19th with 565.
The Dodgers top the league in walks with 474 this season. The Angels rank in the bottom half at 19th with 374.
When the Angels hit at least one home run, they are 54-33, well-matched with the Dodgers who are 58-34 when hitting one or more homers.