When and where: July 24. 2019, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA, 10:10 PM ET
An interleague battle for Los Angeles will take center stage late Wednesday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Los Angeles Angels. Dodger Stadium will serve as the backdrop for the Angels’ attempt to upend the team with the best record in baseball. The Angels are coming off a three-game series win over the Seattle Mariners, while the Dodgers recently swept the Miami Marlins. Jaime Barria is expected to start at pitcher for the visiting Angels against Dodgers righty Ross Stripling.
Late run puts Angels in third place
The continued struggles for the Texas Rangers and an unexpected run for the Angels has created a seismic shift in the AL West division. After sitting in fourth place for most of the season, the Angels have now been bumped to third place in the standings ahead of the Rangers and behind the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics.
They have defeated the Mariners in two series meetings, along with splitting even with the division-leading Astros.
Time will tell if their current success is sustainable, but the Angels should be feeling good about their chances, especially with series meetings against the lowly Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers coming up on the schedule.
Barria is expected to get the green light as the Angels’ starting pitcher on Wednesday against the Dodgers. It’s a tough game to come back to after his recent meltdown against the Mariners, who lit him up for nine hits and 10 runs in only three-plus innings. He also threw four walks in that nightmarish performance. The 23-year-old Panama City native is sitting 3-3 on the season with a 7.36 ERA.
Dodgers can’t afford complacency
You’d have to go outside of the NL West division to even find a team in the same ball park as the Dodgers’ league-leading record (67-35). On second thought, you’d have to go outside the entire National League to find a team within at least five games. The Dodgers are without question the dominant team in baseball right now, but even though they have plenty of breathing room, they can’t afford to get complacent.
It’s unlikely any of the other teams in the NL West will have a legitimate shot at catching them, but they do want to stay ahead of the Atlanta Braves to ensure they finish the season out with the No. 1 seed. There is still plenty of baseball left to be played. They’ll already have their hands full in a dangerously tough five-game slate against the Angels and Washington Nationals.
Stripling gets the starting nod on Wednesday against the Angels. The 29-year-old righty is throwing a 3.64 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and a 4-3 record. After leading the Dodgers to a win over the Boston Red Sox, he gave up five hits and two earned runs in his recent outing against the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Angels are 11-26 in their last 37 road games against a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Angels are 5-12 in their last 17 interleague road games against a right-handed starter.
- Angels are 2-6 in their last 8 interleague road games.
- Angels are 1-6 in their last 7 interleague road games against a team with a winning record.
- Dodgers are 4-1 in Stripling’s last 5 starts against a team with a winning record.
- Dodgers are 4-1 in Stripling’s last 5 interleague starts.
- Dodgers are 6-2 in Stripling’s last 8 starts.
- Dodgers are 6-2 in Stripling’s last 8 starts on grass.