The Los Angeles Dodgers try to make it two straight over the host Los Angeles Angels when the teams play the finale of their three-game series on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. ET at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.
The Dodgers snapped a four-game losing streak with Saturday’s 14-11 victory over the Angels. The victory improved their record to 14-11 and put them in a tie for second place in the NL West with the San Diego Padres, 2½ games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants.
The Angels lost for the sixth time in seven games with Sunday’s setback, falling to 14-18. They enter Sunday’s action in last place in the AL West, 1½ games behind the fourth-place Texas Rangers.
The MLB odds for Sunday’s game have the Dodgers with a moneyline of -180, while the Angels are at +160. The over/under for the game has been set at 8½ runs.
Despite Saturday’s win, the Dodgers are still in a free fall and needing some consistency. Los Angeles started the season with a 13-2 record but has gone just 5-14 since then, failing to win two in a row since April 16-17.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer will try to get the Dodgers a win on Sunday when he takes the mound for his eighth start. Bauer is 3-1 in his first season with Los Angeles, putting together a 2.44 ERA while striking out 58 and walking 12.
Bauer’s last start was his shortest as he lasted just 4.1 innings in a loss to the Chicago Cubs. He only allowed one run and four hits while striking out seven but needed 90 pitches to get as far as he did.
“Great seasons are defined by how well you manage your bad (outings),” Bauer said after the loss. “You don’t feel great every time out. But if you can minimize your damage in the bad ones, then on the ones where you feel good or great, you’ll just roll.”
The Dodgers’ offense was rolling on Saturday night, as they took an early 13-run lead, but they had to hang on for a three-run win after the Angels made a furious rally.
Outfielder Mookie Betts had two hits and four RBIs in the victory. He’s shown signs of heating up with four multiple-hit games in May with two home runs and six RBIs. Betts has nine doubles, four home runs and 11 RBIs while batting .268.
Third baseman Justin Turner has been the big bat for the Dodgers with a .328 batting average, seven home runs and 23 RBIs, all team-leading numbers.
The Angels have a couple of pretty big bats as well in Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout. Ohtani is tied for the major league lead with 10 home runs and is fourth in baseball with 26 RBIs.
The 26-year-old is 5-for-14 over the last three games with two doubles, a home run, four RBIs and four runs scored.
Trout is having his usual outstanding season, leading the odds race for American League MVP with a +250 moneyline. He’s leading baseball with a .388 batting average and has eight doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 18 RBIs and 21 runs scored.
Left-hander Jose Quintana will get the start on Sunday, his sixth. He’s still looking for his first win with Los Angeles, going 0-3 with a 10.59 ERA while striking out 28 and walking 14.
Quintana struggled in his last start, lasting only 3.2 innings against Tampa Bay on Monday and allowing five runs on six hits, including a home run. He has just one start of as many as four innings, allowing 15 earned runs in 13.1 innings of work.
Dodgers Take Series
The Dodgers’ offense broke out Saturday night, even if only for a couple of innings, showing their potential. Against a pitcher that has struggled all season in Quintana, we could see more of that on Sunday. That’s trouble after the Angels had to use seven pitchers in Saturday’s contest.
Bauer is too good to have two straight bad outings and he should be able to tame the Angels in this one. Look for the Dodgers to take this series with a Sunday victory.
When making your MLB picks, go with the defending World Series champs to get the win.