Indians and Dodgers – Beckett vs Masterson

The Cleveland Indians are in sunny Los Angeles for the 2nd game of their three game series with the LA Dodgers. Playing in different leagues these two teams don’t hook up very often. Yesterday’s game was just the 7th meeting in the last 11 years so no one really cares much about this game apart from sports bettors.

Latest MLB Odds for this game: Cleveland Indians (+129) at Los Angeles Dodgers (-139)

Cleveland Indians vs LA  Dodgers – Head to Head Trends

Indians are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.

With yesterdays win the LA Dodgers are now 1st in the National League West 0.5 games up on the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers are 11 games over .500 on the season with 48 wins and 37 losses but at home they are just 1 game over .500 at 22-21. The Dodgers have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball allowing just 3.55 runs per game and with Beckett and Kershaw getting stronger every start they are going to be tuff to beat the rest of the season. The Dodgers are on a pretty good roll right now winning 8 of their last 10 games. Over that stretch they are averaging 3.40 runs per game on offense while allowing just 1.60 runs per game on defense. On the hill for the Dodgers today is Josh Beckett who is having one of his best seasons in years. Beckett is 5-4 with a 2.11 ERA and is just getting stronger and stronger as the season goes on. Over his last four starts he has allowed a total of just 15 hits and 3 earned runs.

Los Angeles Dodgers Trends

Josh Beckett – Takes the mound to start the Dodgers game tonight

Dodgers are 7-1 in their last 8 home games.
Dodgers are 17-7 in their last 24 interleague games.

The Cleveland Indians are 3rd in the American League Central 7.5 games back of the Detroit Tigers. With the Indians it all comes down to whether they are playing at home or one the road. At home they are 23-15 which is one of best home records in all of baseball but on the away from home they are just 16-28 which one of the worst road records in all of baseball so they must really like their home cooking or something. Starting for the Indians is Justin Masterson who is 4-5 with a 5.03 ERA on the season. Masterson has struggled recently getting lite up in two of his last three starts both of which were on the road.

Cleveland Indians Trends

Indians are 4-12 in Mastersons last 16 starts as a road underdog.
Indians are 2-7 in their last 9 overall.
Indians are 13-32 in their last 45 road games vs. a team with a winning record.

I’m all over the Dodgers in this game today. They’re playing great ball right now plus they have Beckett on the mound who has been almost unhittable lately. We also have the Indians who have struggled on the road and Masterson is also pretty shaky on the road where he is just 1-4 with a 6.65 ERA this season.
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