Tuesday MLB Betting Preview: All-LA Matchup
The red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers get an interleague matchup with their cross-town rivals this week, as they continue a four-game set with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.
When the series began Monday the Dodgers were on a 10-game winning streak. The Angels were only 5-5 in their last 10, but owned a solid 7-3 mark in their last 10 on the road.
The scheduled pitching matchup on Tuesday is Jesse Chavez (5-7, 5.15 ERA) for the Angels and Kenta Maeda (5-3, 4.62 ERA) for the Dodgers.
Chavez has only one win in his last six starts and posted a no-decision in his last outing against the New York Yankees after allowing five runs in four innings.
Maeda is making his first start since June 18 when he was dispatched to the bullpen due to a crowded Dodgers rotation. In that start he faced the Cincinnati Reds and allowed one run in five innings to earn a win.
This is the first meeting this season between the Dodgers and Angels, but last season the Angels took three of four - but only one win came as the underdog at the Bovada Sportsbook. Looking back further, the Dodgers are 9-4 in their last 13 versus the Angels.
The top matchup in the National League this week is the Chicago Cubs at the Washington Nationals. In Tuesday’s game aces battle with Jake Arrieta (7-5, 4.36) going for Chicago and Max Scherzer (8-5, 2.09) getting the call for Washington.
Arrieta has had an up-and-down season, but looked good last time out, holding the Miami Marlins to one run on six hits over seven innings.
Scherzer also faced the Marlins in his last start and was a hard-luck loser after allowing two unearned runs on two hits over eight innings in a 2-1 Washington defeat. Scherzer struck out 11 in the loss and has posted double-digit strikeouts in six straight starts.
This is the first meeting between the Cubs and Nationals this season, but last year in seven games Chicago was 5-2.
In the American League on Tuesday night the Minnesota Twins visit the Boston Red Sox with both battling for top spot in their division.
The Twins headed into the series following a three-game sweep versus the Cleveland Indians. They could be hard-pressed to keep that going Tuesday with Hector Santiago on the mound (4-6, 5.26). Santiago is 0-5 in his last six starts.
Boston will send Drew Pomeranz (6-4, 4.07) to the hill. He faced the Kansas City Royals in his last start and allowed two runs on six hits over 6 1-3 innings.
Boston and Minnesota met up for three games back in May with the Red Sox taking two of three.