The Dodgers took Friday’s series opener 11-4, their third straight victory overall and ninth in a row head-to-head, including all three games against the Angels this season.
Tony Gonsolin got the win, allowing four runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings. Mookie Betts went 3 for 4 with two home runs and a double in the win. He drove in four runs.
J.D. Martinez added a home run and a double. He drove in two runs. Mickey Moniak was 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs for the Angels.
ON THE MOUND
Reid Detmers (2-5, 3.72 ERA) is slated to take the mound for Los Angeles. The left-hander allowed two runs over six innings in his last start, a 5-2 home win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
He was credited with the win, yielding three hits while striking out nine and walking two. Detmers has made one previous start against the Dodgers this season, a 2-0 home loss on June 20.
He allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking one. For the Dodgers, righty Michael Grove (0-2, 7.02 ERA) will toe the rubber.
It’s his first appearance of the season against the Angels. In his last start on Monday, Grove took a no-decision at home against the Pirates. He threw four innings and gave up one run on five hits, striking out three and walking two in the 5-2 victory.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, the Angels have averaged 4.0 runs a game, a small drop compared to their season average of 4.9. Against righties like Grove this season, the Halos have a .772 OPS, fifth highest in the league.
Shohei Ohtani is the team’s best performer against right-handers with a 1.037 OPS in 246 at-bats. The Dodgers are averaging 6.8 runs per game in the last five, up from 5.5 for the season, with an improved slash line (.267/.335/.588).
The Dodgers have a .778 OPS against left-handers in 2023, the fifth highest in the league. With a 1.119 OPS over 76 at-bats, Betts has been their best hitter against left-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
The Angels are on a five-game losing streak on the road, bringing their record to 22-25 in 2023. The Halos have scored 5.2 runs per game away from home while allowing 4.8 runs.
The Dodgers have won three in a row at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are 28-16 at home this season, averaging 5.5 runs per game while surrendering 4.1.
In the last 10 meetings at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers are 8-2 with an average scoreline of 5.6-2.8.
The Angels are fourth in the AL West, seven games behind the division-leading Rangers. The Dodgers are second in the NL West, zero games behind the Diamondbacks.
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