Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Preview

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The Houston Astros will head west to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. ATTSN Southwest will be airing this interleague matchup and the game gets underway at 9:10 p.m. ET.

Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Houston (+105) as the underdog to Los Angeles (-115). The total is sitting at 7.5 runs and bettors can take the over or the under for -110. The games most recent runline odds sit at -200 for taking the Astros +1.5 runs and +170 for the Dodgers -1.5.

The Astros are 69-41 SU and are 55-55 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.5 units for moneyline bettors and 6.2 units ATS. The Dodgers, on the other hand, are 61-49 SU and 50-60 ATS. The team’s lost 16.1 units for moneyline bettors and 9.8 units ATS.

Los Angeles games have a 55-52-3 over/under record in 2018. Astros games have gone under 55 times, gone over 49 times and pushed on six occasions.

The right-handed Lance McCullers Jr. is the projected starter for Houston. McCullers Jr. is 10-6 with a 4.06 ERA and 133 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Dodgers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Dodgers are handing the ball to righty Kenta Maeda (7-6, 3.48 ERA), who has 119 strikeouts and 35 walks, as well as a 1.24 WHIP. Maeda did not record a start against the Astros in 2017.

Houston’s pitching staff allowed 3.3 runs per game and its starters own a 3.04 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 10.36 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.16, along with a K-per-9 of 10.81.

The Astros offense has slashed .258/.334/.430 on its way to 5.0 runs scored per game this season, including 4.3 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.8 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).

Houston’s offensive production has been sparked by second baseman Jose Altuve and third baseman Alex Bregman, who collectively have belted 31 home runs. Altuve is slashing .329/.392/.464 with nine home runs, 46 RBIs, 64 runs and 14 steals. Bregman is hitting .281 with 22 homers, 71 RBIs and 73 runs scored.

For the home team, Los Angeles pitching staff has given up 3.9 runs per game overall in 2018. The clubs starting pitching staff has a 3.32 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.75 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 9.5 K/9.

The Los Angeles offense has produced 4.8 runs per outing, including 5.4 per game over its last 10 games and 6.0 per game over its last five. The teams hit .224/.316/.485 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Dodgers batters have been led by outfielders Chris Taylor and Matt Kemp. Taylor is hitting .254/.330/.449 with 12 home runs, 50 RBIs and 64 runs scored, and Kemp’s line is .296/.344/.501 with 17 homers, 64 RBIs and 50 runs scored.

The Astros have gained 4.3 units and are 37-31 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 31 of those games, compared to 33 that’ve gone under against righties. On the other hand, the Dodgers have lost 11.4 units and are 32-39 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 44 of those games, compared to 25 that’ve gone under.

Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Astros, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in five of Los Angeles last seven games.
  • Houston has posted 19.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 22.2 over its last five.
  • The Astros have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.