Freeway Series 2012: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels

The Los Angeles Dodgers (42-28) and Los Angeles Angels (38-32) will continue the 2012 Freeway Series on Friday night at Angel Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 ET

Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels

The Los Angeles Angels are the hottest team in baseball since April 28

The Los Angeles Dodgers are glad to get out of the Bay Area, suffering a three-game sweep against the Oakland Athletics, as the offense managed to score just two combined runs over that span.  “We didn’t do enough in any of the games to win,” stated Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.  The Dodgers will now turn their attention to the Angels, who beat them in two of three games earlier this year at Dodger Stadium.  Los Angeles is 5-7 in interleague play this year, and 15-27 versus AL opponents since the start of the 2010 campaign.

Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley (4-5, 3.75 ERA) suffered a 5-4 home loss to the Chicago White Sox in his last effort, giving up five runs (four earned) and eight hits over six frames.  The right-hander has gone 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA in six road outings, as opponents are hitting just .200 against him.  In eight career games (six starts) versus the Angels, Billingsley has garnered a 1-4 record and 4.10 ERA, while posting a 7-6 mark and 3.93 ERA in 19 career interleague games (17 starts) overall.

The Los Angeles Angels have produced a MLB-best 32-18 record since April 28, moving them just 5.5 games back of the Texas Rangers in the AL West division.  The Angels have been led by their youthful outfield duo of Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo, who have combined for 45 RBIs over the last 23 games.  The club has also paces all teams with a 72-33 interleague record since 2007.  Los Angeles is 6-4 as a home favorite of -125 to -150, while the “under” is 7-3 in those contests.

Angels starting pitcher Dan Haren (4-7, 3.97 ERA) has alternated wins and losses over his last four starts, dropping a 5-0 home decision to the Arizona Diamondbacks last time out, giving up five runs and eight hits over 6.1 frames.  The right-hander is 1-5 with a 4.09 ERA in eight home starts, issuing 12 walks and striking out 40 batters in 50.2 combined frames.  In 16 career games (15 starts) versus the Dodgers, Haren has registered an even 5-5 record and 3.27 ERA.

Bettors will likely back the Angels due to their 20-7 mark in their last 27 games, while the Dodgers are 16-47 in their last 63 interleague road games.

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