Los Angeles Angels versus Los Angeles Dodgers (July 23)
In a cross-town battle, the Dodgers host the Angels. The Dodgers are first in the NL West, while the Angels are third in the AL West.
Felix Pena is scheduled to start on the mound for the Angels and Kenta Maeda is set to pitch for the Dodgers.
Offensive, the Angels are averaging 5.1 runs per game, but have been streaky.
In their last seven wins, they are averaging 8.4 runs per game but scored a total of only four runs in their last three losses.
Mike Trout leads the team with 32 home runs and 79 RBI. Kole Calhoun has added 21 home runs to form a potent power duo.
Tommy LaStella (16 home runs 44 RBI) Albert Pujols (15 home runs 58 RBI) and Shoehoi Ontani (14 home runs) round out the power threats.
The Dodgers have been scorching the baseball, averaging nearly 10 runs over their last seven games and have launched 173 home runs this season.
Cody Bellinger is having an MVP-type season with 34 home runs and a .332 batting average.
Max Muncy and Joc Pederson are well past the 20 – home run mark, while Enrique Hernandez and Justin Turner have added some timely hitting.
On the mound Felix Pena has a 7-3 record, but a high ERA of 4.92. He’s been hurt by the long ball, surrendering 16 home runs in 86 innings.
The most frequently used relievers, Noe Ramirez, Cam Bedrosian and Hansel Robles have a combined ERA of 3.01 in 140 2/3 innings.
As a team the Angels are allowing exactly five runs per game.
Kenta Maeda is having another solid season for the Dodgers. Entering the game, he is 10-6 with a 3.71 ERA.
He’s struck out 106 and allowed 14 home runs in 104 1/3 innings. Closer Kenley Jansen has saved 24, but has a relatively mediocre 3.63 ERA for a closer.
Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia have a combined 3.66 ERA in 83 2/3 innings. The Dodgers have allowed a mere 3.8 runs per game this season.
Both teams have the potential to put runs on the board, but the Dodgers have the better overall pitching.
They are also the better team and have the advantage in their home park.
Given Pena’s issues keeping the ball in the park against a hot Dodgers’ attack, look for a high scoring output in a Dodgers’ win.
The Angeles won’t be able to keep pace. Take the over in an 8-4 win for the Dodgers.