The Los Angeles Dodgers square off against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon to wrap up their three-game series at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, as the two struggling teams are trying to get things going early in May.
I’ve prepared the best Dodgers vs. Angels betting pick along with the latest odds update on DraftKings Sportsbook, so let’s take a closer look. The visitors opened as -174 moneyline favorites, while the Angels are +160 underdogs with a total of 8.5 runs.
The Dodgers are in serious crisis
The reigning World Series champions got beaten hard by the Angels in the opener last Friday, 9-2. It was their fourth straight defeat and tenth in their previous 12 games overall, as the Dodgers (17-16) have been a complete disaster lately.
Over their last six showings, the reigning champs have yielded 36 runs in total. They allowed 13 hits to the Angels in the opener, and reliever Joe Kelly surrendered four earned runs on five hits in the sixth inning.
On the other side of the ball, the Dodgers have scored more than three runs just three times in their previous eight contests. They drew the most walks in baseball (151), but the Dodgers are batting .238 (11th in the majors) which is quite low for their standards.
Trevor Bauer will take the hill Sunday, and the 30-year-old righty has done a good job for the Dodgers thus far. He’s 3-1 in seven starts, sporting a 2.44 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 58/12 K/BB ratio across 44.1 frames of work. Bauer is 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA in five career starts against the Angels.
The Angels smashed the Dodgers to stop a five-game slide
The Los Angeles Angels improved to 14-17 on the season and snapped a five-game skid last Friday thanks to that terrific victory over the Dodgers. They slugged a couple of home runs, while Shohei Ohtani had a pair of doubles, but the Angels remain the worst team in the AL West.
In five outings before Friday’s win, the Angels had scored only 10 runs in total while getting swept by the Tampa Rays in a four-game home series. They own the 11th-highest scoring offense in baseball with 4.65 runs per game while slashing .260/.318/.433.
The Angels’ offense is doing a good job, but their pitching staff is sporting the third-lowest ERA in the majors (4.97). Jose Quintana will toe the slab Sunday, and the 32-year-old southpaw is 0-3 in five starts this season.
Quintana has a horrible 10.59 ERA and 2.23 WHIP along with a 28/14 K/BB ratio across 17 innings of work. The one-time All-Star is 1-1 with a 2.01 ERA in five career starts against the Dodgers.
- 6-1 in the last seven games against the Angels
- 1-5 in the last six games overall
Jose Quintana has been awful so far this season. Last time out, he’s yielded five earned runs on six hits and a walk in 3.2 frames of work against the Rays. I think this is a terrific opportunity for the Dodgers’ bats to put some serious numbers on the scoreboard, so give me the visitors to win.
Also, I’m expecting a solid performance from Trevor Bauer. The Dodgers’ relievers have had some problems recently, but the Angels ‘pen is the sixth-worst in the majors with a 4.99 ERA. I don’t think the hosts will manage to cope with the Dodgers’ offense, though the Angels’ bats certainly can make some damage. That’s why I’m sticking with the moneyline odds.
Pick: Take Los Angeles Dodgers at -174
The Angels’ defense is the worst in the MLB and surrenders 5.45 runs per game. Also, their fielding percentage of .973 is dead last in the majors, so I have to suggest the over on the totals.
Both teams possess plenty of dangerous offensive weapons. Excluding the middle contest of this series, the over is 6-0 in the Dodgers’ last six games overall, and it is 5-1 in the Angels’ previous six games at home. Furthermore, the over has hit in six of the last seven matchups between the Dodgers and Angels.
Pick: Go over 8.5 runs at -115