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Dodgers Betting Pick in Series vs Visiting Rangers

The Los Angeles Dodgers return home for a six-game homestand, beginning with a three-game series against the visiting Texas Rangers that begins on Tuesday night. Both teams are trying to improve their World Series odds with big victories in this series.

Texas struggled in a six-game homestand, dropping four of six to the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants, though it did salvage a win in the finale against the Giants on Sunday. The Rangers are in second place in the American League West standings, trailing the first-place Seattle Mariners by five games heading into Monday’s action.

Dodgers Betting Pick in Series vs Visiting Rangers

The Dodgers took two of three from the AL-best New York Yankees over the weekend, though their three-game winning streak was snapped with a 6-4 setback on Sunday night. Los Angeles is comfortably atop the National League West, leading the second-place San Diego Padres by eight games.

 

Rangers vs Dodgers Series Information

  • Game: Texas Rangers (31-34) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (41-26)
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, June 11, 10:10 p.m. ET; Wednesday, June 12, 10:10 p.m. ET; Thursday, June 13, 10:10 p.m. ET
  • Location: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
  • Rangers vs Dodgers Live Stream: MLB.tv

 

The Dodgers have dominated this rivalry over the past few seasons, winning the season series in each of the last four years the teams have played. Los Angeles took two of three from the Rangers in 2023 in a series played in Texas.

 

  • Texas is 1-5 straight-up in its last six games when playing on the road against Los Angeles.
  • The Dodgers are 15-5 straight-up in their last 20 games against an American League opponent.
  • The total has gone over in 11 of Los Angeles’ last 13 games against an AL West opponent.
  • The total has gone under in the Rangers’ last eight games.
  • Los Angeles is 16-17 ATS when playing at home in 2024.

 

 

 

Game 1: Dodgers See Bounce-back From Paxton

Through his first 10 starts of this season, Dodgers left-hander James Paxton was solid, going 5-0 with a 3.29 ERA. But his last outing, on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, was a nightmare.

Paxton lasted just 1⅔ innings against Pittsburgh, allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits while striking out two and walking two. The 35-year-old had lasted just 50 pitches in his previous start, throwing three scoreless innings but getting pulled because he was pitching on four days’ rest for the first time all season. Whether that had an effect on him against the Pirates wasn’t known.

He’ll get a chance to bounce back with a start in the series opener against the Rangers.

Opposing Paxton will be Rangers righty Dane Dunning, who comes in with a 4-4 record and 4.09 ERA in 10 starts. Dunning is coming off a loss to the Tigers last Tuesday, going five innings but allowing three runs on four hits, including a pair of home runs, while striking out four and walking one.

Dunning had thrown five scoreless innings in his previous start but has allowed at least two runs in every other start this season.

 

Game 2: Struggling Pitchers Square Off in Middle Game

The Rangers’ rotation has been messed up by injuries for much of the season, which is why they’ve struggled to reach the MLB betting expectations of them heading into 2024. One of those starters that has dealt with injuries, Jon Gray, is expected to make his first start since May 21 in Wednesday’s contest.

The right-handed Gray is 2-2 with a 2.12 ERA in 12 appearances (10 starts) but hasn’t made a start since May due to a right groin strain that landed him on the injured list. Gray came off the IL a few days ago and threw 2⅓ shutout innings in relief against the Giants on Saturday, allowing just one hit while striking out four and walking one.

Los Angeles will have righty Walker Buehler on the mound for Wednesday’s contest. Buehler is 1-3 with a 4.82 ERA in six starts, striking out 27 in 28 innings of work.

Buehler is coming off a three-inning start against the Pirates on Thursday, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out three and walking one. It’s the third straight start and fifth of his six this season that he’s allowed three runs to an opponent. Buehler has also allowed at least one home run in five of six starts this season.

 

Game 3: Dodgers Look to Yamamoto in Series Finale

The Dodgers have a wealth of talent on their roster, and 25-year-old Japanese rookie pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto is yet another piece to the puzzle. Yamamoto will make his 14th MLB start on Thursday, bringing a 6-2 record and 3.00 ERA to the mound. The right-hander has 83 strikeouts in 72 innings this season.

Yamamoto took a no-decision in his last outing, but it was as good as a win. He threw seven shutout innings on the road against the New York Yankees on Friday, allowing just two hits while striking out seven and walking two.

Righty Michael Lorenzen will get the start to close out the series for the Rangers. The 32-year-old is 3-3 with a 3.05 ERA in 10 starts, striking out 45 but walking 28 in 59 innings.

Lorenzen is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on Friday, going 4⅓ innings and allowing two runs on seven hits, including two home runs, while striking out one and walking two. It was the fifth straight start in which he’s allowed two or fewer runs after he gave up three or more runs in three of his first five starts of the campaign.

 

Can Rangers Keep Up With Dodgers’ Offense?

The Dodgers have one of the most potent lineups in baseball this season, tying for second in the majors in scoring with 331 runs entering Monday’s action. Los Angeles is hard to keep in check, so the Rangers will need to do better at the plate than they have been lately, scoring two or fewer runs in four of their last six games, all losses.

Texas needs a big series from Adolis Garcia if it wants to stay competitive with Los Angeles. The outfielder is batting just .217 this season but is tied for the team lead with 13 home runs while driving in 40 runs. Garcia has struggled this month, going 4-for-32 (.125) in eight games in June, though he snapped a four-game hitless streak with a single on Sunday.

Los Angeles has the big names of former league MVPs Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman and Shohei Ohtani, all of whom are playing well this season, but it’s Teoscar Hernandez that is pacing the team in many categories. Hernandez has a team-high 16 home runs and 48 RBIs, batting .266 and adding 14 doubles, a triple and 39 runs scored.

Hernandez has been red-hot at the plate of late, going 9-for-17 with three doubles, four home runs, 10 RBIs and six runs scored over the last four games.

 

Dodgers Cruise to Series Win Over Rangers

Texas is the defending World Series champion, but it hasn’t been playing like it for much of this season. Injuries have been a problem, especially to the starting pitching, and the Rangers will continue to struggle in this series.

Los Angeles is looking like one of the top MLB picks to contend for the championship this season. Make the Dodgers your betting pick to win at least two games in this series against the Rangers.

 

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

Question Of The Day

Who won the season series between the Rangers and Dodgers in 2023?


Los Angeles won the season series with Texas in 2023, winning two of the three games the teams played.

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