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#3979 Houston Astros vs.
#3980 Los Angeles Dodgers
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 9:40pm EDT
Written by David Delano

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On Wednesday, the Los Angles Dodgers will host the Houston Astros in the second and final game of a head-to-head series. There will be plenty of tension in the Stadium as the Dodgers are still ticked off and feel cheated about losing to the Astros in the 2017 World Series. These teams split a two-game series between Houston back in May.

Houston entered this series on a two-game losing streak after losing 8-6 and 5-3 to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday and Sunday. The Dodgers have won two in a row, dominating the Arizona Diamondback 8-3 and 13-0 on Saturday and Sunday. Tuesday's series opener was not yet complete at the time of this preview

Astros have no love lost for Dodgers

The Houston Astros have an American League-best 64-42 record and hold a 4.5 game lead over the second-place Oakland A's in the West. The Astros currently have the second-best odds in MLB to win the World Series at +475.

Jake Odorizzi is scheduled to start for the Astros on Wednesday. In 14 starts games this season, Odorizzi is 4-5 with a 4.30 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.

Scherzer makes Dodgers debut

The Los Angeles Dodgers are second in the NL West with a 64-43 record, trailing the San Fransico Giants by 3.5 games. The Dodgers have a +165 run differential on the season, which is the best in MLB. Los Angeles averages 5.2 runs per game, second in MLB offensively and fifth with 147 home runs. The Dodgers were big winners at the trade deadline, adding Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals, although he is currently sidelined with COVID-19.

The Dodgers pitching staff is first in MLB with a 3.18 ERA and made their staff even stronger by adding Max Scherzer and Danny Duffy at the trading deadline. Scherzer will make his Dodgers debut on Wednesday. In 19 starts this season with the Nationals, Scherzer is 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA.

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Houston has won six of the last nine starts made by Odorizzi, who has a respectable 4-2 record and 3.97 ERA in road games this year. Active Dodgers batters are also only hitting .192 lifetime against Odorizzi. There could be some nerves involved for Scherzer making his first start ever in a Dodgers uniform, and Houston will definitely be locked in for this game.

Although the Dodgers have a significant starting pitching advantage, the price tag is high. Seeing that Scherzer has been human recently, posting a 5.16 ERA over his last four starts, the Astros are too good of a team for me not to take a shot with them on Wednesday.

Prediction: Houston Astros +189

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The Astros and Dodgers are the two best offensive teams in baseball all-around, and with so many dangerous offensive players on both sides, it's hard to trust the under. Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in baseball, but the Nationals still allowed seven runs or more in three of the last four games that he started. Although Scherzer is on the Dodgers now, he still will be facing the top-scoring team in baseball here, which will be tough due to the heavy expectations. Fortunately for Scherzer, the offense backing him also has plenty of firepowers to get to Odorizzi. I will take the over.

Prediction: Over 8.5
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Written By David Marotta , "David Delano"

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