Free MLB Picks Today: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros 6/23/23

Free MLB Picks Today: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros 6/23/23
Fri 23rd June 2023

The Los Angeles Dodgers (41-33), one of the highest-scoring lineups in MLB, are set to host the Houston Astros (41-34) at Dodger Stadium on Friday to open a three-game Interleague series.

The Astros are playing their first of 10 games on the road after wrapping up a nine-game homestand (4-5). They won two out of three in their last series against the Mets, taking the finale 10-8 on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. Chas McCormick was 1 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs.

The Dodgers are coming off a two-game sweep of the Angels, taking the finale 2-0 on Wednesday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Freddie Freeman’s on-base streak hit 14 as he went 1 for 4 with a solo home run.

The teams are meeting for the first time since August 4, 2021, when the Dodgers avoided a two-game series sweep with a 7-5 win at Dodger Stadium.

ON THE MOUND

J.P. France (2-2, 3.54 ERA) is set for the start for Houston. The righty allowed two runs over 6.2 innings in his last start, a 2-1 home defeat against the Reds on June 16. He took the loss, scattering four hits while striking out three and walking one.

For Los Angeles, right-hander Emmet Sheehan (0-0, ERA) will toe the rubber. In his last start on June 16, Sheehan took a no-decision at home against the Giants. He threw six scoreless, no-hit innings, striking out three and walking two in the 7-5 defeat.

AT THE PLATE

The Houston offense is averaging 4.5 runs per game for the season, with a slash line of .246/.315/.400. Yordan Alvarez leads the team in OPS at .978. The left fielder is slashing .277/.388/.589 with 17 home runs, 55 RBIs, and 41 runs over 57 games.

Against righties like Sheehan this season, the ‘Stros have a .704 OPS. Alex Bregman is the team’s most potent producer against right-handers with a .790 OPS in 213 at-bats. Los Angeles is slashing .239/.326/.443 for the season and averaging 5.3 runs per game, fourth-best in the league.

Four Dodgers hitters have an OPS of .800 or better, led by Freeman (.961). The first baseman has 14 home runs, 47 RBIs, and 60 runs scored with a slash line of .323/.403/.558.

Los Angeles is averaging only 2.4 runs per game in the last five with their slash line slipping across the board (.214/.269/.283). The Dodgers have a .767 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a .918 OPS over 201 at-bats, Freeman also has been their best hitter against right-handers.

HOME AND AWAY

Houston is 19-15 away from Minute Maid Park in 2023, scoring 4.6 runs per game while allowing 3.6 runs. Los Angeles has lost three in a row at their home park.

The Dodgers are 22-14 at home this season, averaging 5.3 runs per game while surrendering 4.0. In the last 10 games at Dodger Stadium between the teams, Houston is 6-4 with an average scoreline of 4.7-3.4.

STANDINGS UPDATE

The Astros are second in the AL West, five games behind the division-leading Rangers. The Dodgers are third in the NL West, three games behind the Diamondbacks.

SportsTips’ MLB Pick:

LA Dodgers (-150)

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