What kind of fireworks should we expect to see on Tuesday’s sports betting card when the Los Angeles Dodgers travel into Houston for an interleague matchup with the Astros?
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Houston Astros
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 – 8:10 PM ET at Minute Maid Park
Los Angeles and Houston each enter this 2017 World Series rematch sitting in second place of their respective divisions, but currently riding opposite streaks. The Dodgers have hit another gear since a three-week slump, winning seven in a row to sit a game behind the San Diego Padres in the NL West. The Astros were on a good roll until being swept by the Texas Rangers this past weekend, and are 1½-games behind the Oakland A’s in the AL West race.
A marquee matchup of veteran pitchers in the opener of the short two-game set should guarantee plenty of action at the best online betting sites, Clayton Kershaw (6-3, 3.18) on the hill for Los Angeles opposite Houston’s Zack Greinke (4-1, 3.77). The Dodgers opened around -135, but that moneyline dropped into the -115 to -120 range during overnight action with eight for the total.
Kershaw Facing Astros for 1st Time Since 2017 Series
That 4-13 stretch the Dodgers stumbled through from mid-April into May is a distant memory now. Los Angeles has really turned things around by winning 12 of its last 13 and made a strong statement with a sweep of the Giants in San Francisco over the weekend. Pitching has been the big story during the seven-game win streak, Dodger hurlers holding the opposition to 15 runs in the stretch of dubyas.
Los Angeles has ended up in the winner’s circle the last three times Clayton Kershaw has gone to the mound, and in seven of his 10 starts this season. He ended up with a no-decision last Wednesday at home against the Diamondbacks, tossing six innings of 2-run baseball. The Dodgers were huge -315 chalk in the MLB odds and scored late for the 4-2 final.
Kershaw missed facing the Astros last year, as well as in 2018 when the clubs met on the regular season slate. He made two starts and a relief appearance against them during the 2017 World Series, combining for a 4.02 ERA in 15.2 IP. In six career starts at Minute Maid, Kershaw is 2-1 with a 4.28 ERA (35.2 IP).
‘Over’ Cashes 8 of Houston’s Last 9
Houston had been on a good run of its own prior to being broomed up in Arlington. The Astros entered that set having won eight of nine, including a 4-game sweep of the Rangers the previous weekend. Two of the losses to the Rangers were in extra innings, and the pitching staff allowed 18 runs in the series after pitching to a sub-3.00 ERA in the 8-1 stretch.
Just like LA with Kershaw on the mound, Houston has won Greinke’s last three starting assignments. The latest was a gem last Wednesday in Oakland where the Astros closed -120 at Intertops in an 8-1 triumph. Greinke made it through eight full innings on just 89 pitches, striking out eight and allowing just a single run.
Zack Greinke saw the Dodgers once last season, and took the loss in Los Angeles with a 5-IP, 5-ER linescore. Several Los Angeles batsmen have given him trouble over the years, including Albert Pujols (14-46, 1 HR), Just Turner (11-33, 2 HR) and Mookie Betts (3-5, 3 HR).
Rivalry Trends, Roof Report & A Free Pick
This used to be a great rivalry when the teams both resided in the National League, which is where the bulk of their 742 previous meetings occurred. It’s still a great rivalry, thanks to the 2017 World Series, with Houston winning 10 of the 17 matchups since the Astros moved to the AL. The Dodgers won three of the four contests in 2020, taking both games in Houston and splitting with the Astros in Los Angeles. Both games at Minute Maid Park a year ago failed to reach the totals.
Rain has been falling all over Texas for the past 10 days or so, and more of it is in the Houston forecast for Tuesday. Even though the chances taper off leading up to game time, expect the roof to be shut at Minute Maid Park and be on the lookout for sports bettings.
Look, I’m quite certain that there’s a future Dodgers pitcher who hasn’t been born yet who will eventually throw at a future Astros hitter who also hasn’t been born yet, all in continuation of the sign-stealing scandal. We saw things escalate last season when the clubs met, reliever Joe Kelly eventually suspended for throwing at Houston hitters. With the Astros thinking about that, Kershaw should be double-tough, leaving me with a free MLB pick on LA and the run line.
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.