Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction, 8/4/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet LA
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+160) Los Angeles (-208)
Dodger Stadium is the site where Max Scherzer and the Los Angeles Dodgers (64-43, 2nd in NL West) will take on the Houston Astros (64-42, 1st in AL West) on Wednesday. The Dodgers open this matchup at -208 while the Astros are coming in at +160. The total has been set at 9. The pitchers taking the mound will be Jake Odorizzi and Max Scherzer.
Houston has a slugging rate of .440 and have struck out 796 times, while drawing a walk on 383 occasions. They have accumulated 556 RBI's and 968 hits for the year, and their batting average comes in at .267. The Astros have recorded 196 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 140 balls out of the stadium. They have earned 580 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .341. As a unit, the Houston Astros are knocking in 5.5 runs per contest, which puts them at 1st in MLB.
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The Astros have an ERA of 3.73 on the campaign (10th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 964 batters. They have walked 356 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.15 as a team for the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.71 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.22. Astros pitchers have given up 128 home runs and also 431 runs in total (12th in MLB).
Astros bullpen pitchers have come into the game with runners on 90 times in addition to having 98 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have 47 holds over the course of the season (21st in the league). The Astros relievers have earned a save rate of 59.0% and has stepped onto the mound in 87 save situations. They have accumulated 23 saves on the season and have blown 16 out of their 39 save chances. The relievers have inherited 141 base runners for the year and 38.3% of them crossed the plate. The Astros have dispatched 321 relievers to the hill over the course of the season.
The Astros have turned 71.8% of baseballs in play into outs out of 8,487 innings, which has them sitting 2nd in MLB. The Houston Astros have accumulated 2,829 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 891 assists and 43 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .989 which puts them in 1st in MLB, and they have twisted 781 double plays.
Odorizzi has taken the ball for 1,103 innings and has tallied 1,049 punch outs during his career. Odorizzi (66-61 win-loss mark in his career) has a FIP of 4.13 while he has gone up against 4,629 hitters in the major leagues. His ERA is 3.94 (483 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.234. He has surrendered 984 base hits (8.0 hits per 9 innings) and has had 377 free passes.
Los Angeles has recorded 147 HRs so far this year as well as 536 runs batted in. They have recorded 165 two-baggers, while walking 427 times and recording 560 runs. The Los Angeles Dodgers have tallied a team OBP of .336 in addition to a batting average of .246 on the campaign. The Dodgers hold a team slugging percentage of .423 and they score 5.23 runs per contest (2nd in MLB). They have been called out on strikes on 952 occasions (11th in the league) and are sitting with 889 base knocks.
The Dodgers have a WHIP of 1.128 with a FIP of 3.67 as a pitching staff so far this year. Their K/BB ratio is 3.25 (1,061 strikeouts vs 326 free passes). They come in at 2nd in MLB as a staff in total hits conceded with 746. They have surrendered 116 dingers and they allow 3.74 runs per 9 innings (2nd in MLB). The Los Angeles pitching staff have allowed 395 runs on the campaign while holding a team ERA of 3.18 (336 earned runs yielded).
With 124 save situations, the Dodgers have recorded 69 holds in addition to 23 blown saves. Los Angeles has had bullpen pitchers step onto the hill in 54 save chances and they have tallied 31 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 131 times in high leverage situations in addition to 110 occasions with base runners. Los Angeles relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 23.9% out of their 155 inherited runners. They sit at 23rd in the league holding a save percentage of 57.4%, and they have sent 376 bullpen pitchers to the hill so far this season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have turned 67 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .983 (23rd in professional baseball). The Dodgers have accrued 883 assists, 65 errors and have accumulated 2,851 putouts on the season. In their 8,553 innings on the field, the Dodgers have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 71.6% (3rd in MLB).
In his career, Scherzer has given up 2,024 hits while he has totaled 2,931 strikeouts in 2,468 innings. Scherzer (183-97 career record) has a 3.19 ERA while allowing 7.4 hits per 9 innings. He has given up 875 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.091 and having a FIP of 3.2. His strikeout to walk ratio is 4.38 and he has gone up against 10,001 opposing batters thus far in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-208)
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