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MLB Betting Preview: Detroit Tigers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

September 20, 2023


This matchup features a team that isn’t going to be in the playoffs against one of the best teams in the National League when the Detroit Tigers travel to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of a three-game series on Wednesday night. Los Angeles has won the first two games in the series including Tuesday’s 3-2 win in game two of the series. Will the Dodgers complete the three-game series sweep or will the Tigers end their two-game losing streak? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.

The Detroit Tigers enter this game with a record of 70-81 which puts them 9.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins for 1st place in the AL Central and 13 games behind the Texas Rangers for the final Wild Card spot in the American League. Detroit has compiled a record of 10-7 in September but is on a two-game losing streak which includes a 2-3 loss on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the series on Tuesday. Spencer Torkelson and Parker Meadows hit one-run home runs in the loss.

Los Angeles enters this game with a record of 93-57 which puts them in 1st place in the NL West and gives them a 14-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks for 1st place in the division. The Dodgers have compiled a record of 10-7 and are on a five-game winning streak which includes Tuesday’s 3-2 win at home against the Detroit Tigers. J.D. Martinez accounted for one of the runs when he hit a one-run home run in the 4th inning. 

BookMaker has the Los Angeles Dodgers -235 money line favorites at home against the Detroit Tigers for game three of the series on Wednesday night. Los Angeles has won six of the last ten including the previous three matchups in a row while Detroit has outscored Los Angeles by an average of 4.3 to 4.1 runs per game in those matchups while the Dodgers have won by an average margin of 3 runs per game in those contests.

Los Angeles has the advantage at pitcher for game three of the series as the Dodgers will send Bobby Miller to the mound while the Tigers will send Reese Olson to the mound on Wednesday. Miller is 10-3 this season with a 4.02 ERA while recording 99 strikeouts while Olson is 4-7 on the year with an ERA of 4.30 and has recorded 91 strikeouts.

Bobby Miller is 2-0 with a no-decision in his last three starts this season while allowing a total of nine runs and recording 20 strikeouts in those matchups with his last start coming on the road against the Seattle Mariners in which he allowed three runs while recording seven strikeouts in a win.

In his last three starts this season, Reese Olson is 2-1 while allowing three runs and recording 13 strikeouts in those starts with his last start coming at home against the Cincinnati Reds in which Olson allowed one run and struck out seven in a win.

Los Angeles enters this game with a better record and has been the better team in the series, winning six of the last ten including the previous three matchups in a row. However, the Tigers have outscored the Dodgers by an average of 4.3 to 4.1 runs per game over the last ten games in the series. As a result, I am taking the run line for the Detroit Tigers at +1.5 on BookMaker for game three of the series on Wednesday night.

Spooky Express Pick: Detroit Tigers Run Line +1.5 (-105)