Rob Senior previews the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, July 19. He provides his expert prediction as well as best bets.
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 19, 1:05 P.M. Eastern
Moneyline: Los Angeles Dodgers (-140) vs. Baltimore Orioles (+120)
Runline: Dodgers -1.5 (+110)/Orioles +1.5 (-140)
Total: Over 9 (-110)/Under 9 (-130)
Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
Weather: 84 degrees, 10% chance of rain
Dodgers vs. Orioles: Preview and Picks
For Wednesday, we look at one of the more interesting interleague matchups: the masters of consistency, the Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League West take on the upstart, surprising Baltimore Orioles of the American League East.
Both teams are well within the playoff race. This is an annual standing for the Dodgers, but a spot that’s eluded Baltimore since 2016. It’s the finale of their three-game series with a daytime start on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Dodgers Preview
After last season’s record-setting 111-win regular season came crashing down in the playoffs, the Dodgers are back at it again.
They’re not setting the same torrid pace, with their record of 54-39. It is however, still good enough for 1st place in a strong National League West.
Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman remain offensive cornerstones for L.A., statistically the National League’s second-best offense behind the Braves. The Dodgers have depth to burn. With 20+ home run from third baseman Max Muncy, as well as breakout performers OF James Outman and SS Chris Taylor.
Julio Urias is a veteran lefthander who comes in with a pair of strong starts in his pocket after a rough June. Urias is 7-5 with a 4.35 ERA.
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Baltimore Orioles Preview
27-year-old starting pitcher Dean Kremer spent years in the Dodgers’ organization before coming to Baltimore and cracking the rotation last season. Now, he’s up to a 10-4 record in 2023. However, with a 4.59 ERA his pitching profile doesn’t really stand out from Urias’.
The Orioles’ offense won’t stand up in any head-to-head comparisons with the Dodgers. However, catcher Adley Rutschman is looking like one of the next big things at the position. He arrived on the big stage with a strong showing in last week’s Home Run Derby, and the switch hitter not only backstops the Orioles defense but has slugged 13 homers and 41 RBIs this season.
Pitching, rather than offense, seems to be the strength of the Orioles this season. It will be interesting to see if the team addresses either side in the next two weeks before the trade deadline.
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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Baltimore Orioles Prediction
For a 1 p.m. game, starting lineups should be available by 10 a.m. Check in before wagering, as the Dodgers are in the middle of a long road trip. They could very well rest some starters to give them a pair of days off (with Thursday a scheduled day off for the team.)
Assuming both offenses are at full strength, I project a fairly even pitching matchup with two starters. They have been stronger recently than they have over the full season. Los Angeles’ offensive advantage projects well against a high-variance pitcher like Kremer. It also gives them the nod in this interleague tussle.
Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers (-150) over Baltimore Orioles