Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Preview

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are playing host to the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium. This interleague matchup will begin at 4:10 p.m. ET and fans hoping to watch it can tune in to ATTSN Southwest.

Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers Odds

Both teams have identical moneyline odds (-105) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this afternoon game at 7.5 runs. The odds for betting on the games total sit at +100 for the over and -120 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the most recent runline odds coming in at Astros -1.5 runs (+140) and Dodgers +1.5 runs (-160).

The Dodgers are 61-51 straight up (SU) and 50-61 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 17.2 units for moneyline bettors and 10.8 units (ATS). The Astros, on the other hand, have gone 71-41 SU this year and are 56-55 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 5.5 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 5.2 units ATS.

Dodgers games have had an over/under record of 55-53-3 in 2018. Houston has been a decent under bet with a total record of 49-56-6.

Gerrit Cole is getting the nod for the visiting Astros. The right-handed Cole is 10-3 with a 2.55 ERA and 194 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Dodgers this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 7.11 ERA and seven strikeouts across 6.1 innings).

The Dodgers are sending righty Walker Buehler (4-4, 3.65 ERA) to the mound. Buehler has 71 strikeouts and 14 walks to his credit, as well as a 1.06 WHIP. Buehler did not record a start against the Astros in 2017.

As a unit, Los Angeles pitchers have allowed 3.9 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have an ERA of 3.35, a WHIP of 1.15 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.5. The bullpen has a 3.89 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 9.4 K/9.

Los Angeles hitters are putting up 4.8 runs per contest, including 4.8 per game over its last 10 games and 5.6 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .227/.311/.479 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Dodgers offense has been led by Chris Taylor, who is hitting .257/.332/.451 with 12 home runs, 50 RBIs and 64 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Houston’s pitching staff allowed 3.2 runs per game and its starters own a 3.00 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 10.43 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.10, along with a K-per-9 of 10.85.

Astros hitters have slashed .258/.334/.431 on their way to 5.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.7 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.8 per game over the teams last five outings (4-1 SU).

Jose Altuve has led Houston’s offense. Altuve is hitting .329/.392/.464 with nine home runs, 46 RBIs, 64 runs and 14 steals.

The Astros just took the previous game in this series by a final score of 14 runs to zero.

Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Dodgers, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The over has cashed in only two of Los Angeles last seven games.
  • The Astros have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.
  • Houston has averaged 20.7 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 outings and 26.2 over its last five.