Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 3.60 ERA) vs. Patrick Sandoval (0-1, 2.70 ERA)
The Los Angeles Dodgers, fresh off a 11-2 beating of the San Diego Padres, take the short trip to Anaheim for a three-game weekend series at Angel Stadium. Mookie Betts went deep thrice for a home run hat-trick on Thursday night. He finished the night going 4-for-4 with 5 RBI to add to what is looking like an MVP year for Betts.
Betts is hitting .319 with a .380 OBP and 7 long balls going into the weekend. It was the sixth 3-HR game of his career, which ties a MLB record. I am confident that Betts will break that record several times over by the time his career is done. Impressive numbers for the 27-year-old who recently signed a lucrative 12-year $426.5 million deal to play for the Dodgers.
He isn’t playing like a guy that is going to collect his money and then go home. He’s earning his pay so in Los Angeles for the Dodgers. The Dodgers moved to 13-7 on the season with the win. For the talent that they have, I think people were expecting more out of the Dodgers in 2020. It’s early, though, and it’s possible that the Dodgers catch fire and torch the league for the next few months.
The Colorado Rockies and Dodgers are currently in a tie in the NL West. The Rockies at 12-6, having played two fewer games than the Dodgers, are hanging tough in the division. They’re making people think twice regarding the Dodgers, but I am very confident in them getting it done. The playoffs is when the Dodgers start to choke, though losing to a cheating team in the World Series is not exactly choking.
Clayton Kershaw has not been the best and most consistent pitcher in the Dodgers’ rotation. He missed the season opener because of a minor injury concern due to a sore back. Kershaw has made only two starts in 2020. From the top to the bottom, this Dodgers’ pitching staff is dangerous. Kershaw gets the nod tonight while 23-year-old Patrick Sandoval is expected for the Angels. Head below for our free LA Dodgers vs. LA Angels pick for August 14, 2020.
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If the LA Angels’ rotation could finally stay healthy, there is a chance that they have something brewing in Anaheim. Shohei Ohtani didn’t last long. Is Dylan Bundy or Patrick Sandoval next on the injury list? Knock on wood. Bundy has been ace material for the Angels, while Sandoval has the potential to be a future standout. Sandoval has been solid through two starts with an ERA of 2.70 and 1.00 WHIP across 10 innings. He was shaky as a rookie, with an ERA of 5.03 and 1.37 WHIP in ten showings. Sandoval has appeared to clean some things up so far and his control looks better.
Having said that, Sandoval hasn’t faced a lineup like the Dodgers in 2020. This will be his first opportunity against an elite offense. Sandoval looked good against the Mariners and Rangers, which isn’t saying much. The Rangers are 28th in the majors with 3.65 runs scored per game. Meanwhile, the Mariners are 24th with 4.10 runs per game. The Dodgers are 4th and are in the process of heating up, so this is going to be the biggest measuring stick for Sandoval. He has never faced the Dodgers in his career. Friday night will be his first shot at this high-powered unit.
Clayton Kershaw has seen batters on the Angels in 116 at-bats. They are hitting .226 with 11 runs scored on Kershaw during that time. Kershaw owns an ERA of 3.60 and 1.10 WHIP. He was fantastic in his first outing against the Diamondbacks. Kershaw allowed just 3 hits and no earned runs across 5.2 innings of work.
He struggled in his next start, though, as the Giants got to Kershaw for 7 hits and 4 earned runs in 4.1 innings of play. I’m going to have faith in Kershaw bouncing back on Friday after that less than ideal performance. He typically doesn’t run into problems in two straight games. The offense will likely provide him with solid run support as well. Expect the Dodgers to keep the momentum rolling along in Anaheim on Friday night.