MLB Predictions 2012: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels

The Los Angeles Dodgers (42-29) and Los Angeles Angels (39-32) will continue the 2012 Freeway Series on Saturday night at Angel Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:15 ET on FOX

Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels

The Los Angeles Dodgers have fallen flat on their recent road trip in interleague play

The Los Angeles Dodgers have dropped the first five games of their current nine-game road trip, including an 8-5 setback on Friday night.  The Dodgers were unable to hold an early 3-0 first-inning lead, which was supplied by designated hitter Bobby Abreu, who snapped an 0-for-20 drought for the club from that role in the lineup against AL foes.  Outfielder Andre Ethier also swung the bat well, collected three hits, and hitting .404 in his last 14 games in this intra-city rivalry.  Los Angeles is 10-1 when playing on Saturday this season.

Dodgers starting pitcher Chris Capuano (8-2, 2.71 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision of a 2-1 home win over the Chicago White Sox last time out, allowing one run and six hits over eight innings, while striking out a season-high 12 batters.  The left-hander has gone 3-2 with a 4.02 ERA in seven road outings, surrendering six home runs in 40.1 combined frames.  In two career starts versus the Angels, Capuano has garnered an 0-1 mark and 3.27 ERA.

The Los Angeles Angels have tallied a Major League-best 33-18 record since rookie outfielder Mike Trout returned to the big leagues, while they’ve also captured 10 of their last 13 games.  The Angels have scored 26 runs on 37 hits over the past three contests, with Trout leading the way atop a dangerous lineup.  He is currently second in the AL with a .338 batting average, and has seven hits in his last 12 at-bats.  Los Angeles is 6-4 as a home favorite of -125 to -150, with the “under” going 7-3 in those contests.

Angels starting pitcher Ervin Santana (4-7, 5.16 ERA) has won his last two outings, including a 2-0 shutout victory at home over the Arizona Diamondbacks, allowing just a single hit and striking out five.  The right-hander is 2-4 with a 4.60 ERA in seven home starts, but opponents have hit just .206 against him.  In seven career games versus the Dodgers, Santana has tallied a 4-3 record and 3.45 ERA, including a 3-1 home win on July 3 of last year.

Bettors will likely back the Angels due to their 46-17 record versus NL West opponents, while the Dodgers are 14-50 in their last 64 interleague games as an underdog.

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