The Houston Astros will head west to Dodger Stadium to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. The game gets underway 10:10 p.m. ET and ATTSN Southwest will televise this interleague showdown.
Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Odds
Vegas has offered matching moneyline odds (-105) on each team. The total stands at 7.5 runs and bettors can wager on either the over or the under for -110. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the current odds standing at +140 for the Astros -1.5 runs and -160 for the Dodgers +1.5 runs.
The Astros have gone 68-39 SU this year and are 55-55 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.5 units for moneyline bettors and 6.2 units ATS. Houston has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Dodgers, on the other hand, are 60-46 SU and 49-60 ATS. The team has lost 17.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 10.8 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.
Dodgers games have a 54-52-3 over/under record in 2018. Houston has been a decent under bet with a total record of 49-55-6.
The right-handed Justin Verlander is the projected starter for Houston. Verlander (10-6, 2.24 ERA) has recorded 190 strikeouts in 148.2 innings so far. He has yet to face the Dodgers this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 1.13 ERA and nine strikeouts across eight innings).
The Dodgers are handing the ball to lefty Alex Wood (7-5, 3.68 ERA), who has 103 strikeouts and 27 walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.17. Wood did not record a start against the Astros in 2017.
Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 3.9 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The team’s starting pitching staff has a 3.28 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.79 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9.4 K/9.
The Los Angeles hitters are putting up 4.8 runs per contest, including 5.6 per game over its last 10 games and 5.2 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .241/.354/.422 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.
Outfielders Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor have led the Dodgers’ offense this year. Kemp is hitting .296/.344/.501 with 17 home runs, 64 RBIs and 50 runs scored, and Taylor’s line sits at .253/.327/.445 with 12 homers, 50 RBIs and 63 runs.
In the visiting dugout, Houston’s pitching staff allowed 3.3 runs per game and its starters own a 3.03 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 10.28 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.25, along with a K-per-9 of 10.80.
The Astros offense has slashed .258/.335/.431 on its way to 5.0 runs scored per game this year, including 5.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).
Houston’s hitters have been led by second baseman Jose Altuve and third baseman Alex Bregman, who have combined to blast 31 home runs. Altuve is slashing .329/.392/.464 with nine home runs, 46 RBIs, 64 runs and 14 stolen bases, while Bregman is slashing .281/.382/.530 with 22 homers, 71 RBIs and 73 runs scored.
The Astros have lost 10.8 units and are 18-24 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 18 of those games, as opposed to 22 that’ve hit the under against lefty starters. On the other hand, the Dodgers have lost 12.4 units and are 31-39 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in 43 of those games, compared to 25 that went under the total.
Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Dodgers, O/U – UNDER