The first game of the 2021 Freeway Series takes place tonight at Angel Stadium. But both teams have been stuck in place like they are caught in a rush-hour traffic jam on the 405. The Dodgers have lost 13 of 17 games following their 13-2 start. And the Angels have lost 10 of 15 games, the most recent of which saw their bullpen allow seven runs in the eighth inning in an 8-3 home loss as they were swept by the Rays.
Moneyline pick: Dodgers (-159)
One of the biggest storylines revolving around the Dodgers currently is their rash of pitching injuries. But their starting rotation remains pretty formidable, and Julio Urias has a lot to do with that. The 24-year-old has a 27:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his past three starts. He has a 2.87 ERA this season. On the other side, Angels right-hander Griffin Canning has disappointed for most of the season; his ERA sits at 6.20. It’s just a matter of time before the Dodgers’ offense gets into gear, and a matchup versus Canning could jump-start them.
Player Prop: Shohei Ohtani OVER 0.5 RBIs (+160)
Mike Trout has the same line and both are interesting at that price, even against a high-quality pitcher such as Urias. Ohtani is hitting only .200 against lefties this year, but three of his 10 homers have come against them, including his 428-foot shot off of Rays left-hander Josh Fleming on Thursday. At this point, I just want to bet on Ohtani whenever and wherever because there appears to be nothing he can’t do. In a related note, Ohtani is +125 to score at least one run tonight.
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