Rangers vs. Dodgers MLB Preview and Best Bet

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Rangers vs. Dodgers MLB Preview and Best Bet
Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Justin Berl/Getty Images/AFP

The Los Angeles Dodgers have hit a soft spot in the schedule and appear to be taking advantage, entering a series against the last place Texas Rangers with an LA three-game winning streak, courtesy of a series against the last place Pittsburgh Pirates. Let’s try to find the value in this one to make a play at online betting sites.

Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Friday, June 11, 2021 – 10:10 PM EDT at Dodger Stadium

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but the Los Angeles Dodgers may have started to put things together. Struggling with inconsistency while playing tough teams on a regular basis this season, the Dodgers have hit a soft spot in the schedule with a vengeance.

Los Angeles is riding a three-game winning streak, thanks to a series against the lowly Pirates, who are in last place in the National League Central. Next up is the team at the bottom of the American League West—the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers come to Los Angeles after splitting two midweek games with the Giants, the first series they haven’t lost outright in their last five.

Texas has the third worst run differential in the American League. The Dodgers are tied for the best run differential in baseball. L.A. has a chance to make a move in the N.L. West before going back to playing contenders later this month.

Favorable Schedule

The Dodgers are in the middle of a 15-game stretch against teams with losing records that continues after the Rangers series with back-to-back three-game sets against the Phillies and Diamondbacks.

Los Angeles has been dominant against lesser competition this season, going 24-9, .727, against teams with a winning percentage below .500. The Dodgers have a losing record against winning teams and are snapping a long string of tough weekend series. Since late April, the Dodgers have spent their weekends playing the Padres twice, the Giants twice, the N.L. Central co-leading Milwaukee Brewers, the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins, both playoff teams last year.

The other benefit of playing the lowly Rangers is that it could help spark the return of 2019 National League MVP Cody Bellinger, who missed seven weeks earlier in the season with a leg injury. Since returning from the injured list, Bellinger has struggled. In his first 10 games back, Bellinger went 6-for-35, .171, with one extra base hit and 14 strikeouts. He showed signs of life in the last game in Pittsburgh and enters the Rangers series off of a 2-for-5 day that boosted his post-return average by 29 points. Manager Dave Roberts said that Bellinger is “one good series away from everything lining up,” and the team hopes that the Rangers’ pitching staff could be just what the doctor ordered.

The Dodgers will open the series with Clayton Kershaw, who is 7-5, 3.66 this year. This is just the second time he’s faced Rangers in his MLB career.

Starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz #20 of the Texas Rangers. Justin Edmonds/Getty Images/AFP

Mired in Last

The Rangers are having a rough year regardless of how you slice it. Texas is in dead last in the A.L. West, at 24-39. Only the Orioles have a worse record in the American League. Texas is farther out of second-to-last in the West (6.5 games) than the second-to-last place team is out of first (6.0 games).

The Rangers have lost 12 of 14 games and open a five-game road trip, heading to Houston after the weekend in Los Angeles.

Texas salvaged a win over the Giants in the second game of the two-game series that preceded the Dodgers. That snapped a 13-game losing streak in interleague games, matching the all-time MLB record. Not very inspiring for our MLB picks.

The Rangers have struggled at the plate, hitting just .189 over the last 10 games, and the bullpen has also had problems lately.

Texas will start Mike Foltynewicz on Friday. He’s 1-6, 4.75 this year and has lost his last two games. Prior to that, he appeared to be snapping out of his season-long slump with a few solid starts in a row. He’s allowed 13 home runs in 66.1 innings this year.

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The Pick

You get what you pay for. It’s a costly money line for Friday’s game—the most expensive game on the MLB betting lines. That’s what happens when the World Champions are on the right end of a pitching mismatch. Despite the heavy cost, the Dodgers are the only pick that makes sense here.

MLB Pick: Dodgers Moneyline (-300) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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