Free Pick Breakdown, Odds & Prediction: Dodgers vs. Guardians (8/23/23) - Taking Vegas



Free Pick Breakdown, Odds & Prediction: Dodgers vs. Guardians (8/23/23)

By TakingVegas Staff Writer
August 23, 2023
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have been dominating this season as they are first in the NL West with a 76-48 record thus far. Veteran southpaw Clayton Kershaw takes the mound here and is coming off a victory against the Milwaukee Brewers where he pitched five innings and gave up one run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. 

The Cleveland Guardians have been struggling throughout the season as they are second in the AL Central with a 60-66 record. Rookie right-hander Xzavion Curry will be toeing the slab here and is coming off a no-decision against the Detroit Tigers where he threw six innings and allowed one run on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. 

Match Details

Fixture: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Cleveland Guardians

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 23, 7:10 p.m. EDT

Venue Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH

Dodgers vs. Guardians Betting Odds

TeamSpread MoneylineTotal
Los Angeles Dodgers-1.5 (-125)-218Over 8.5 (-120)
Cleveland Guardians+1.5 (+105)+180Under 8.5 (+100)

Odds Subject to Change**

Dodgers vs. Guardians Key Stats

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been one of the best offensive teams in the entire sport as they are sitting in third place in the majors with a .791 OPS while scoring 5.59 runs per game up to this point. This lineup has been doing damage on the road as one of the better road teams as they are third in MLB and they have a .779 OPS while averaging 5.88 runs in their 59 road games thus far. Designated hitter J.D. Martinez has been doing extremely well this season as he has a .256/.309/.547 slash line with 25 home runs, 78 RBIs, 49 runs scored, and a stolen base without being caught.

Clayton Kershaw has been pitching extremely well throughout the season as he is 11-4 with a 2.48 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP in 105.1 innings of work. He has been dominating this year as hitters have just a .212 opposing batting average as well. Kershaw has been doing well on the road as he is 6-3 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP during 10 road games in 2023. 

Cleveland Guardians

The Cleveland Guardians have been a terrible offensive team statistically this season as they are 27th in baseball with a .688 team OPS while averaging four runs per game. At home this year, this Guardians team has been awful as they have a .244/.309/.374 team slash line and have scored 3.52 runs in their 63 home games so far. First baseman Bo Naylor has been stepping up in the batter’s box as he has a .846 OPS with 15 home runs, 79 RBIs, 41 runs scored, and six steals on eight tries.

Xzavion Curry has been doing well throughout his rookie season as he is 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 75 innings. A big boost has been the fact he is only giving up eight homers thus far. Curry is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in six games as a starting pitcher this season. 

Dodgers vs. Guardians Prediction

When looking at the last seven games for both pitchers, there is a massive difference as Clayton Kershaw is 5-0 with a 1.26 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP in 43 innings of work. Compare that to Xzavion Curry, who is 0-1 with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in 24.2 innings. When diving into these offenses in the second half of the year, there is a huge difference as the Dodgers are scoring 5.68 runs in 34 games while the Guardians are averaging 3.86 runs in their 35 games. Take the Dodgers to cover the run line as the better team by far in this game. 

Betting Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (-125)