The Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers will have their series finale featured on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. The National League team, Dodgers, has been the better team this series, and will be going for the series sweep on Sunday night. The Dodgers defeated the Angels, 3-1, in game two of the series.
The Angels and Dodgers might play in the same town, but they are in two very different places as a Major League Baseball franchise. The Dodgers are a perennial contender in the National League, and advanced to the World Series last season. The Angels have been in a rebuilding mode the last several seasons, and don’t appear to be headed for the playoffs this season. The Los Angeles Dodgers are -130 over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday Night Baseball.
Dodgers Looking to Get Hot and Stay Hot
The Los Angeles Dodgers have played in the last two National League Championship Series, and they were predicted to get back there this season. The Dodgers got off to a horrible start in 2018, but have bounced back nicely. The Dodgers are trying to chase down the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West, and have closed the gap to just one game. Los Angeles appears to once again be the favorite to win the division.
Veteran left hander, Alex Wood, will start for the Dodgers in the series finale. Wood is 5-5 with a 3.84 earned run average through 17 starts this season, but has won his last four starts for the Dodgers. Los Angeles has struggled to keep pitchers healthy in 2018, but Wood has continued to be a reliable starter for them. Wood will look to keep his hot streak going on Sunday night.
Angels Headed In Wrong Direction
The Los Angeles Angels appeared to strike gold with the free agent signing of Shohei Otani this offseason. The Angels beat out several other teams bidding for his services, and their future looked extremely bright. Unfortunately, Otani has struggled to stay healthy, and the Angels find themselves in fourth place in the American League West. The Angels will need a huge second half run if they are going to get back into the playoff mix.
Lefthander, Andrew Heaney will make the start for the Angels on Sunday night. Heaney has been up and down this season, but appears to be a mainstay in the Angels rotation. Heaney is just 4-6 with a 3.94 earned run average, but does have a complete game shutout this season. The Angles hope that Heaney can shut down a hot Dodgers lineup in the series finale.
Dodgers Win on ESPN
The Dodgers appear to be hitting their stride at the right time, while the Angels are headed in the wrong direction. The Dodgers have controlled the first two games of this series, and will be looking for the series sweep on Sunday night. The Angels have the best player in baseball in Mike Trout, but don’t seem to have enough talent around him to be competitive. Look for the Dodgers to complete the series sweep of the Angels on Sunday night. The bet to make on Sunday Night Baseball is the Los Angeles Dodgers -130.