Walker Buehler (0-0, 4.40 ERA) vs. Andrew Heaney (1-1, 4.26 ERA)
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels will get out on the field for the second stanza of the Freeway Series on Saturday. The Dodgers struck first with a 7-4 win over the Angels yesterday. Clayton Kershaw was in Kershaw form, as he went 7 innings with just 1 hit and run allowed. A mistake against Anthony Rendon broke up his no-hitter, as Rendon sent a ball over the fence to get the Angels on the board.
That said, it was a terrific evening for Kershaw. With the depth that the Dodgers’ rotation has, they have so many options that they can throw at teams. And when their offense is connecting at the plate forget about it. The Dodgers got to Patrick Sandoval for 6 hits and 4 earned runs. Sandoval has been a good pitcher this season, but even the best of hurlers in the majors are likely going to have problems against the Dodgers.
It’s nearly impossible to slow everyone down. Things were going alright for the Angels last night, before Cody Bellinger went deep. The likes of Mookie Betts and Justin Turner aren’t the only hitters pitchers have to worry about. Just when a pitcher thinks they’re cruising, a guy like Bellinger, who can hit as well, sneaks up and goes 2-for-4 with 4 RBI.
The Dodgers move to 14-7 on the season with the win. They’re a game up on the Rockies after the Rangers won at Coors Field on Friday night. It was a sharp pitching performance by Lance Lynn to get the Rangers to the winner’s circle in Denver. With the Dodgers appearing to heat up right now, the Rockies must be careful and can’t afford to go cold right now. The Dodgers could quickly pull ahead and leave the Rockies far behind.
Walker Buehler has been one of the only pitchers in the rotation that hasn’t gotten in a groove for the Dodgers. The rest have had tremendous command, but Buehler has been slightly iffy on the hill. Buehler gets the nod opposite Andrew Heaney of the Angels. Head below for our free LA Dodgers vs. LA Angels pick for August 15, 2020.
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Walker Buehler heads into Saturday with an ERA of 4.40 and 1.05 WHIP across three games. That’s not so great for Buehler, and he’s been the most inconsistent pitcher in their rotation. He certainly has the talent, though. Buehler is a career 3.17 pitcher in 65 games throughout his 65-game career. Keeping the ball down has been his major issue this season.
He’s already allowed 4 home runs in 14.1 innings. That’s nothing to get excited about and Buehler must hit his spots more effectively if it’s going to get better. In his previous 10.2 innings, Buehler has allowed 5 earned runs. I could see the Angels’ bats waking up after having some issues against Kershaw on Friday.
Andrew Heaney has been average for the Angels with an ERA of 4.26 and 1.21 WHIP. He’s been in the majors since 2014 and that’s just about been the story with Heaney. There isn’t any secret regarding his start in 2020. What you see is what you get with him. Since 2014, Heaney has posted an ERA of 4.43 and 1.25 WHIP.
That’s around what he’s done this season, so at least we can say that Heaney has been consistent throughout his career. He’s done the bare minimum to keep his starting rotation job. Heaney recorded an ERA of 4.91 and 1.29 WHIP last season. The Dodgers’ bats are really hot right now, and I can see that momentum carrying over to Saturday against Heaney. I’m on the OVER in what should be a high-scoring contest on Saturday at Angel Stadium.