LA Dodgers vs. LA Angels Pick – MLB August 16, 2020

    Dustin May (1-1, 3.24 ERA) vs. Julio Teheran (0-1, 13.50 ERA)

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels clash for the final game of the Freeway Series on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. The Dodgers are looking for a sweep on Sunday following wins of 7-4 and 6-5. We are looking for a sweep as well today. We’ve been successful in the last two days, most recently the OVER on Saturday at Angel Stadium.

The Dodgers needed to erase a deficit to get a 6-5 win in extras. Mookie Betts to the rescue again. Betts’ solo jack in the 7th tied the game up at 5-5 and they won on a sac-fly in the 10th. The Angels were unable to get their runner home from second and that was where the game ended.

The Angels blew a great opportunity there to force a rubber-match on Sunday. It feels like blowing opportunities has been what the Angels have been good at over the last decade. Mike Trout did his part, as he went deep and recorded 3 RBI. That’s another recurring theme for the Angels. Trout shows up and carries the load, but no one is there to help him out. Anthony Rendon was signed to fix that.

On paper the Angels look like a dangerous team, especially their offensive weapons in their lineup. Yet again, though, there is something missing from the Angels. That something is certainly their pitching staff. Let’s flip the Dodgers and Angels’ rotation and you would see the Angels win a lot of baseball games. They’d be a legitimate contender no doubt. However, the likes of Julio Teheran going out there and getting beamed isn’t helping.

Teheran started the season on the IL with COVID-19. He’s trying to work himself back into form, but it’s been a struggle for him getting back to game shape. The former Brave is expected to be called to the hill to try to take the Dodgers on Sunday. It would be a nice confidence booster if Teheran performs at a high level in this one. The Dodgers are scheduled to counter with 22-year-old Dustin May. He is expected to play a big role for the Dodgers now and the future. Head below for our free LA Dodgers vs. LA Angels pick for August 16, 2020.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Baseball Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Dodgers -1.5 (-115)
  • Angels +1.5 (-105)
Moneyline:

  • Dodgers (-174)
  • Angels (+160)
Total Points:

  • Over 10 (-120)
  • Under 10 (+100)

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LA Dodgers vs. LA Angels Prediction:

When everybody in the Dodgers’ rotation is pitching up to their full potential, they’re a difficult team to find runs against. There is just too much talent that they can throw at offenses on the bump. It’s not going to change anytime soon, either. Julio Urias and Dustin May both look like tremendous pitchers who are going to be leading the way in the rotation for a long time to come.

Urias is only 24 while May is 22, so there are talented veterans and young guns on the Dodgers. May enters Sunday with an ERA of 2.75 and 1.17 WHIP. He’s given up 6 earned runs in 19.2 innings of work in 2020. May might need to learn a thing or two and grow a bit before he becomes an elite hurler, but he’s well on his way to being a yearly All-Star. I’m expecting May to pitch well enough to give the Dodgers a good chance of a sweep on Sunday.

A lot of this game will hinge on what Julio Teheran does today. Is he ready to get back into form and pitch? Because we haven’t seen much pitching out of Teheran this season. He’s made just two starts, so it isn’t time to remove him from the rotation or anything, though. Teheran allowed 7 hits and 7 earned runs in 4.2 innings of work so far this year. He gave up 2 runs against the Mariners in 2.2 innings, and then 5 hits and 5 runs in 2 innings against the Athletics.

The Dodgers have had success against Teheran in the past, and this is when he’s been in good form. He’s conceded a .291 batting average and 12 runs in 70 at-bats versus the Dodgers in his career. Corey Seager is responsible for 3 home runs against Teheran in 11 at-bats. The Angels should be able to make this a game early on, but look for the Dodgers to pull away. Teheran likely gets by the first two or three innings, though the Dodgers likely open things up for a win by 2 or more runs.

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