Ross Stripling (2-3, 4.14 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (60-49) go up against Eduardo Rodriguez (2-4, 5.91 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (60-48) in the second of a three-game interleague series at Dodger Stadium. The Red Sox won the last game 9-0, and Boston leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 6 and will air on FS1, NESN and SNLA.
In his last start, Stripling pitched 3.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out one and walking one in a 14-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. Justin Turner (.275, 52 Rs, 19 HRs, 64 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Red Sox were victorious over the Mariners 2-1 the last time Rodriguez pitched. He went 6.1 innings, giving up one run, striking out six and walking two. Mookie Betts (.309, 85 Rs, 23 HRs, 73 RBIs, 17 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Dodgers have a 6-9 record SU against the AL. Below average play has been the norm lately for the Los Angeles pitchers. The Dodgers have given up an average of 5.5 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 3.9 runs per game. The Dodgers don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking second in the league with a 1.135 WHIP.
Against interleague opponents, the Red Sox are 9-3 SU. During the last 10 games, they averaged 3.6 runs per game, below their 5.5 season average. Boston is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 404 extra base hits. Boston's pitching staff has allowed an average of 2.7 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 4.6. They also average just 8.0 hits allowed per road game, third-best in the AL.
The only other game between the two teams went Boston's way. This game will feature Rodriguez (LHP) on the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 12-14 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Stripling will take the mound against the Red Sox, who have a 47-35 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
Boston earned its fifth shutout of the season in its last game. Los Angeles has been shut out six times this season.
Boston has won 58% (30-22) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Los Angeles has won 58% (22-16) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Red Sox are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Dodgers have an 11-9 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 44-13. The Red Sox have a 53-14 record when outhitting opponents.
Boston tops the league in runs with 593 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 473.
Los Angeles and Boston both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Los Angeles sits at ninth with 364 this season and Boston ranks eighth with 369.
When the Dodgers hit at least one home run, they are 45-26. When the Red Sox hit at least one homer, they have a 49-35 record.