The last time these two teams met up in Anaheim, Justin Upton smashed his toe on the left field wall. He’s not back just yet, but getting close. Also, the last time these two teams met, hopes were high going into a new season for both teams. Now? Not so much.
In recent years, this matchup has been pretty evenly split. In 2016 the Angels won the season series 3 games to 1 and in 2017 and 2018 the season series was split down the middle.
Not much favors the Angels this time around with the pitching and offensive matchups heavily skewed toward the Dodgers.
Know your foe:
Dodgers - who’s hot (last 7 days):
(R) Griffin Canning (3.52 ERA) v. (L) Hyun-Jin Ryu (1.35 ERA)
Monday, June 10th @ 7:07PM
Pitcher vs. Batters
Welcome to the Big Leagues Griffin Canning. This game will be a huge test for the rookie pitcher. Canning has pitched pretty well this year and has a 2.25 ERA over his last 4 starts.
Canning sure didn’t get a favorable matchup facing the tough lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu has turned into quite the ace and since May 1st has a 0.52 ERA. Did I mention he’s also a lefty?
(R) Felix Pena (4.53) v. Kenta Maeda (R) (3.48 ERA)
Tuesday, June 11th @ 7:07PM
Pitcher vs. Batters
Felix Pena was having a good run until he found himself getting knocked around the last few games to the turn of 11 hits and 10 runs over 6 innings. Expect the Dodgers to hit at least one bomb in this one.
Kenta Maeda has been pretty dialed in since April 29th. He has a 2.30 ERA over that span with 44Ks in 39.2 innings. He threw 6 innings against the Angels in 2019, striking out 10 and allowed 1 run on 3 hits.
Overall Verdict: In short? Don’t get your hopes up too high. The Dodgers are good and the Angels are well probably hoping they can pull off a coup by winning at least of these two games.
Current Standings (sorted by playoff odds)
(Pitch tracking data from baseballsavant.mlb.com)
(Splits from FanGraphs Splits Tool and Baseball Reference)
(Standings/odds from fivethirtyeight.com)