The Freeway Series continues Wednesday night following a 5-4 win for the Angels last night in the series opener. This is a brief two-game series between the AL and NL, so the best that the Dodgers can hope for is a split in this one. The Angels swept the Dodgers in the first meeting back on June 10th and 11th. They will have an opportunity to record their fourth win in a row over the 1st place Dodgers this evening. The Angels may not go to the postseason, but they’d at least have this to look back on.
Yeah, it’s a consolation prize. Armed with Mike Trout, they should be at a point where they shouldn’t be playing for consolation prizes. Angels’ fans don’t have much on the Dodgers given what has transpired in the last decade. Although, they can join in with everyone else and criticize how they like to choke.
Exiting this season without a World Series would be yet another choke job by the Dodgers. The Dodgers enter Wednesday with a record of 67-36, so they’re still in fine form despite struggling against the Angels this season.
The Dodgers were coming off a sweep of the Miami Marlins going the Freeway Series. Anaheim are down by 5 games for the final wildcard, but they’re surely a bigger challenge than the Marlins. They were able to catch the Dodgers napping last night.
Kenta Maeda gave up 3 earned runs in 4.1 innings of work, while the bullpen consisting of Julio Urias and Yimi Garcia allowed 2 runs. The Dodgers will be looking for an upgrade in their bullpen at the deadline. There aren’t many holes on the Dodgers, but the relief core could use some help.
They certainly aren’t the only team looking for bullpen help, so it’s not going to be easy to just go out and bring in an effective reliever. The demand definitely outpaces the supply in this case. Jaime Barria and Ross Stripling are expected to get the starting nods tonight. Head below for our free Angels vs. Dodgers pick.
L.A. Angels vs. L.A. Dodgers Pick:
Betting odds provided by bovada.lv
The Angels are going to be desperate to put a team around Mike Trout within the next few years. It would be an embarrassing waste if Trout goes throughout his career without playing a winning team in Anaheim. He’s here for another 11 seasons following this year, so they have a lot of time to work things out. However, it would be advised to compile a winning club while Trout is in the prime of his career.
The club has been snake bitten by bad luck pitching wise. Whether it’s Nick Adenhart and Tyler Skaggs passing away or injuries, the Angels have had a lot of issues putting together a potent unit. Jamie Barria hopes to a part of the resurgence for the Angels. He was solid as a rookie with an ERA of 3.41, but has struggled and played most of the year in the minor leagues.
When Barria has been up in the majors, it hasn’t been an easy road for him. Barria goes into Dodger Stadium with a porous 7.36 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in 33 innings of play. In Triple-A, Barria was lashed for an 8.73 ERA and 1.60 WHIP. I don’t know what the front office expected from him after getting called up.
He was embarrassed in his most recent showing for 9 hits and 10 earned runs in 3.2 innings against the Mariners. Barria has been a mess on the road, with a 13.50 ERA and 2.48 WHIP in 15.1 innings. This looks like a nice opportunity for the Dodgers to take some frustration out on Barria. Conversely, Ross Stripling should be decent enough against the Angels.
They’ve scored 3 runs on him in 29 at-bats. He’s been more effective at home, with an ERA of 3.41 and 1.17 WHIP as opposed to a 3.86 ERA and 1.26 WHIP on the road. He was solid in his last two outings, allowing 3 earned runs in 10 innings against the Phillies and Red Sox. The fun for the Angels at the Dodgers’ expense is likely to come to an end tonight. The Dodgers get their first win over the Angels tonight, en route to a 7-4 or 6-4 victory.