While only the Dodgers have a realistic path to the postseason, the Tigers will look to play spoiler as Los Angeles is still playing for postseason seeding.
As you consider your MLB picks, read ahead to get a breakdown of this matchup and our Tigers vs Dodgers best bets.
Detroit Tigers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Odds
Tigers vs. Dodgers Information
Detroit Tigers vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Location of the game: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA.
Date & Time: Monday, September 18. 10:10 pm ET.
How to watch: MLB.TV
While it has been a mediocre season for the Detroit Tigers this year, they have been playing well as of late. A look at the MLB schedule shows that in their last ten games, they are 7-3 and are above .500 on the road at 38-36.
Over the weekend, Detroit swept the Los Angeles Angels, outscoring them 21 to 9. They have now won four straight entering play Monday.
The Detroit Tigers standings have them sitting third in the AL Central, 8.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins. In the Wild Card, they sit 12.5 games back of a playoff spot.
Looking at the Los Angeles Dodgers schedule, they are also 7-3 in their last 10 MLB games. When playing at home this season, Los Angeles is 48-26.
Like the Tigers, the Dodgers had a great weekend with a sweep of the Seattle Mariners.
The MLB standings in the NL West see the Dodgers leading by 14 games over the Diamondbacks. Los Angeles has the second-best record in the National League.
Detroit Tigers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Analysis
In the opener, the Tigers will turn to 30-year-old southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez, in 23 MLB games, is 11-8 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, and he has 132 strikeouts in 135.2 innings.
In his last three outings, Rodriguez is 2-1 and has allowed eight earned runs in a combined 18 innings of work.
The Tigers do struggle a bit on offense. They currently rank 29th out of all MLB teams in scoring, averaging just 4.03 runs per game (4.16 on the road).
Spencer Torkelson leads the power department for the Tigers with a team-leading 28 home runs, 83 runs batted in, and 82 runs scored.
Can Lynn Propel the Dodgers to Victory?
Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts will turn to 36-year-old veteran righty Lance Lynn Monday. In 29 games, his MLB player stats shows he is 11-11 with a 5.94 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, and he has 175 strikeouts in 166.2 innings.
Lynn picked up the win in his last outing over the Padres. In the victory, he allowed two earned runs over seven innings.
In terms of Los Angeles Dodgers’ statistics, they rank second in scoring, averaging 5.66 runs per game (5.38 at home). Mookie Betts leads the Dodgers’ offense, hitting .310/.410/.599 with a team-leading 39 home runs and 103 runs batted in.
The MLB injury report shows the Tigers will be without outfielders Austin Meadows (medical) and Riley Greene (elbow). The Dodgers are without pitchers Walker Buehler (elbow) and Tony Gonsolin (forearm).
Before determining our Tigers vs Dodgers best bets, it is important to look at the MLB odds for this game.
Tigers Try To Win As Road Underdogs
The Tigers will come into this one as underdogs on the road. They are +160 to win on the moneyline, while the spread features them at +1.5, with odds of -130.
Dodgers Home Favorites On Monday
Los Angeles is the favorite playing at home on Monday with a moneyline of -180. They are -1.5 on the spread, with odds of +110.
The over/under for total runs sits at 8.5. Both the over and under have odds of -110.
Detroit Tigers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Pick and Prediction
- For our Tigers vs Dodgers best bets, we will be taking the Tigers at +1.5 (-130) in this one.
Looking at the trends, the Tigers are 4-1 in their last five games and 9-2 in their last 11 road games.
For the Dodgers, they are 8-4 in their last 12 home games versus the Tigers, but they are just 2-5 in their last seven home games overall.
It also doesn’t help the Dodgers that Lancy Lynn has struggled in the month of September. In two games, he is 1-1 but has a whopping 7.71 ERA.
- In terms of the total runs, take the over (-110)in this one.
The over has hit in four of the Tigers’ last six games and five of the last six for the Dodgers when playing AL Central teams.