Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Dodgers 7/28/20: Starting Lineups, Betting Odds (Matchup Preview)

Matchup Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers (2-2) will travel to Minute Maid Park to take on the defending American League Champion Houston Astros (3-1). After defeating the San Francisco Giants in their first two games of the season, the Dodgers dropped their next two, leaving them at an even 2-2 record. The Astros also completed a four-game series for their first games of the year, beating the Seattle Mariners by three games to one. Despite Clayton Kershaw missing the beginning of the season with back stiffness, the Dodgers have saved their other ace pitcher for this series against Houston. Walker Buehler, who posted a 3.26 ERA and made his first All-Star game last season, will take the mound for the Dodgers tonight. He will be facing Framber Valdez, a young and relatively unknown pitcher for the Astros. Houston still has Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke on their roster, but both of them played in their series against Seattle. Both of these ballclubs boast perhaps the best lineups in the entire MLB. However, they both suffered devastating losses to the eventual World Champion Washington Nationals in last year’s postseason. With both ballclubs having championship aspirations, the Dodgers and Astros meeting for the next two games will undoubtedly be a must-watch matchup.

TV Section: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7/28/20 9:10 pm EST, Minute Maid Park, Houston TX: TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio

Dodgers Starting Lineup

  1. Mookie Betts (R) RF
  2. Max Muncy (L) 1B
  3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
  4. Cody Bellinger (L) CF
  5. Enrique Hernandez (R) 2B
  6. Corey Seager (L) SS
  7. Chris Taylor (R) LF
  8. Joc Pederson (L) DH
  9. Will Smith (R) C

Dodgers Analysis

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Even after a 2019 season that saw them go 106-56 and have Cody Bellinger take home the NL MVP, the Dodgers were not done improving their roster. It is clear that this team is in win-now mode, as they traded some prospects this offseason to get some proven stars. The Dodgers acquired former MVP Mookie Betts and former Cy Young Award winner David Price from the Red Sox this offseason, proving to the rest of the league and their fans that they are committed to winning. This team has come so close to that elusive World Series title many times over the past several years, and Los Angeles is hoping that their new acquisitions will help them get over the hump. The Dodgers starting lineup is loaded with talent, including Cory Seager and Max Muncy, to go along with their two former MVPs. Third baseman Justin Turner, who is entering his 12th season in the MLB, has been very productive for Los Angeles so far. He is hitting .467 through four games with four RBIs. Bellinger and Betts both only have one RBI to their names so far this season, but I believe tonight’s pitching matchup is favorable for this Dodgers lineup. With the Astros not set to start any of their ace pitchers in the next two games, look for this Dodgers offense to explode and their big names to get it going.

Astros Starting Lineup

  1. George Springer (R) CF
  2. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
  3. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
  4. Michael Brantley (L) LF
  5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
  6. Carlos Correa (R) SS
  7. Josh Reddick (L) RF
  8. Martin Maldonado (R) C
  9. Kyle Tucker (L) DH

Astros Analysis

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The Astros have a lot of baggage that they would like to leave in the past, including their infamous sign-stealing scandal and their ugly Game 7 collapse against the Washington Nationals. With all of that behind them, Houston still has a lot to look forward to in 2020. They still boast perhaps the most loaded starting lineup in baseball and a great starting rotation. The Astros return nearly all of their star-studded sluggers, including Jose Altuve, George Springer, Alex Bregman, and Michael Brantley. The ‘Stros have seen production from almost all of their best players in the first four games except Springer, who is a mere 1-16 on the season. However, the Astros certainly will have a challenge ahead of them when facing Walker Buehler tonight. Though he is a very talented pitcher, the Astros have so many weapons on offense, making it hard for any pitcher to slow them down. Houston’s weak point for tonight’s game is their starting pitcher, Framber Valdez. Valdez carried a 5.86 ERA last season with a win-loss record of 4-7. With an unproven pitcher on the mound, Houston will need to rely on their hitters to get the job done against Los Angeles.

Astros Vs Dodgers Fantasy Angle

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For the fantasy angle for tonight’s matchup, it was tough to choose one player to highlight. Both lineups are stacked with talented hitters, but the pitching matchup ultimately made me decide to go one way rather than the other. If you are lucky enough to have him on your team, start Mookie Betts tonight. So far, he is only hitting .150 on the season on three hits and one RBI. While these aren’t the type of numbers we expect to see out of Betts, I’d be willing to bet that he has a much better outing tonight. Framber Valdez does not pose much of a threat as a starting pitcher, and I think that a lead-off/contact guy like Betts will thrive tonight. Valdez will have a lot to worry about tonight, as this Dodgers lineup has plenty of weapons. If other guys get on base, one hit on Valdez could rack up extra RBIs and more fantasy points for Betts. Although there are plenty of other players who I think could have great outings tonight on both sides, my best bet as to who will have a great fantasy day has to be Mookie Betts.

Astros vs Dodgers Betting Odds

Dodgers Odds: -154
Astros Odds: +137
Over/Under: 9

The Dodgers are favored to win tonight’s matchup, and I would have to agree. If Houston were throwing Verlander or Greinke tonight, it might be a different story. But since the Astros used both of them in their series against Seattle, neither were available, causing Valdez to get the start. Pitching will be what this matchup comes down to, and Walker Buehler is the better pitcher in this matchup. However, with a lineup as talented as the Astros is, I could certainly see them getting the win as well. My advice for this matchup would be to take the over and bet on Houston if you’d like to make a little more cash.

  
I am a rising junior at Butler University with a Sports Media major and a minor in Strategic Communication. I was born and raised in Bethesda, MD right outside Washington DC, and I’ve been a huge DC sports fan my whole life. I’ve been lucky enough to see both the Nats and Caps win titles in my lifetime, however I have a feeling that my Redskins and Wizards won’t be joining them as champions anytime soon.

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