Angels vs Dodgers Picks and Predictions: Lineups Struggle Against Lefty Hurlers

While the Dodgers took Game 1 against their cross-town foes, their bats remain ice cold, leaving the door open for the Angels to win as significant underdogs. However, our best bet leans on the Dodgers' starting arm. Read more in our MLB picks below.

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JD Yonke • Contributor
Jun 15, 2022 • 15:09 ET • 4 min read
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The battle for L.A. began Tuesday when the Dodgers nabbed a 2-0 victory over the Angels. Game 2 is set for Wednesday with two lefties on the mound — the Angels’ Reid Detmersv and the Dodgers’ Tyler Anderson.

The Dodgers are tied with the Padres atop the NL West standings. They’ve gone cold lately, winning just four of their last ten games.

The Angels have notoriously been one of the coldest teams in baseball, winning just two of their last 19 games. Firing coach Joe Maddon hasn’t led to any noticeable difference on the field of play.

Check out our MLB picks and predictions for the Los Angels Angels and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, June 15.

Angels vs Dodgers odds

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The Dodgers opened at -175 but there has been line movement in their direction. Depending on the book, they now range from between -189 and -200. The total is set at 8.5 at most books but there is a 9 available if you’re looking to play the Under.

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Angels vs Dodgers predictions

Picks made on 6/15/2022 at 8:00 a.m. ET.
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Angels vs Dodgers game info

Location: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
First pitch: 10:10 p.m. ET
TV: Bally Sports, Sportsnet

Angels vs Dodgers betting preview

Starting pitchers

Reid Detmers (2-2, 3.83 ERA): Detmers is only 22 years of age but is getting his second look in the Halos’ rotation after making five starts a year ago. He’s performed pretty well considering his youth, but his peripherals point toward some regression. His 4.11 xERA is slightly above his actual ERA of 3.83 and his 4.84 FIP isn’t great. The most concerning part about his profile is a 5.6% barrel rate, indicating he’s giving up a decent amount of hard contact.

Tyler Anderson (7-0, 3.07 ERA): Ask a casual MLB fan what they think Tyler Anderson’s record is this season, and their response probably won’t be 7-0. Anderson has been terrific for the Dodgers, although he did allow four earned runs across three innings against the White Sox in his last start. It marked the first time that he had allowed a run in four starts, as he compiled 20 straight scoreless innings from May 23 to June 3. It’s been a career year thus far for the 32-year-old left-hander. His 3.20 xERA and 3.21 FIP are strong peripherals.

Weather

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Key injuries

Angels: David Fletcher SS (Out), Cooper Criswell RP (Out), Chris Rodriguez RP (Out).
Dodgers: Edwin Rios 3B (Out), Kevin Pillar CF (Out), Victor Gonzalez RP (Out), Jimmy Nelson RP (Out), Tommy Kahnle RP (Out), Blake Treinen RP (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Under is 5-0 in the Dodgers' last five after scoring two runs or less in their previous game. Find more MLB betting trends for Angels vs. Dodgers

Angels vs Dodgers picks and predictions

Our side and total predictions are based upon our analysis of the line and total in this game. Our best bet is our favorite pick across all markets.

Moneyline analysis

The Dodgers should have the starting pitching advantage in the battle for L.A. Anderson has been terrific, and his 3.20 xERA points toward future success. His 5.1% barrel rate isn’t the best, but it’s better than his counterparts. Detmers has a 5.6% barrel rate and a 4.84 FIP. He looks like a quality young arm for the Angels, but he’s only 22 and is facing a great lineup.

The Dodgers have the top-scoring offense in the league, plating 5.17 runs per game. The Halos lag behind at 16th, averaging 4.40 runs per game. Both teams will be sending a left-hander to the mound, so let’s dive into each team’s performance against southpaws.

The Dodgers rank 13th in OPS, 10th in wOBA, and 15th in wRC+ against lefties. Those numbers aren’t bad, but they’re well below most of their other season-long statistics. It’s a team accustomed to being near or at the top of most lists. The Angels rank 19th in OPS, 19th in wOBA, and 17th in wRC+ against left-handed pitching.

The Dodgers have been cold lately, as a 4-6 mark in their last 10 games isn’t going to cut it for a team looking to take home another World Series.

In their most recent series, they were swept by their rivals, the San Francisco Giants. They are the better team but haven’t been performing well. They rank only 25th in OPS over the last 10 days, lagging behind the Angels (21st).

The Dodgers are the better team in a vacuum, but both team’s stats are relatively similar against left-handed pitching and the Dodger bats have been ice cold. I believe this levels the playing field some and the betting line is too inflated, so I’d lean toward the underdog.

Prediction: Angels moneyline (+170 at bet365)

Over/Under analysis

Neither team is dominant against lefties. The Dodgers rank toward the middle of the pack in most stats when facing a southpaw, noticeably 15th in wRC+. Their OPS drops to .719 against left-handed pitching, which isn’t bad but is well below their season-long .748 OPS.

It doesn’t help that they’ve been one of the coldest lineups in baseball. Over the last 10 days, the Dodgers rank 25th in OPS (.629), 24th in wOBA, and 25th in wRC+. They won Game 1 of the series but it was thanks to the pitching staff who held the Angels scoreless in a 2-0 win.

The Angels have been miserable in general lately, and they certainly haven’t been world-beaters at the plate. Over the last 10 days, they rank 21st in OPS (.666), 21st in wOBA, and 22nd in wRC+. Their season-long numbers against lefties are also below average.

I’m not huge on either starting pitcher, and both have barrel rates above 5%. Normally when that’s the case I would look the other way on the total, but neither offense is proficient against lefties and both have been ice cold lately.

Recent form has me leaning toward the Under. There is a 9 still available, so I’ll grab that. 

Prediction: Under 9 (-125 at bet365)

Best bet

I believe there’s some value with the underdog, but I’m naturally hesitant to play the Angels given their recent collapse and the quality of their opponent.

Instead, let’s head to the prop market for our best bet, a plus-money player prop bet. 

The Angels have the seventh-highest strikeout rate (23.8%) against left-handed pitching on the season. Over the last 10 days, they have had the highest strikeout rate (31.3%) in the entire league. 

Tyler Anderson’s strikeout prop is listed at 5.5 with plus money to the over. Considering the futility of the Angels recently and their propensity to strike out, I’m playing Anderson to go Over his strikeout prop as my best bet.

Pick: Tyler Anderson Over 5.5 strikeouts (+120)

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