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MLB - US Sports: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Los Angeles Angels preview

All eyes will be on Los Angeles over the course of the week as Dodger Stadium hosts the All-Star game on Tuesday night.

In the meantime, in Anaheim, the Freeway city rivals host a two-game series at Angel Stadium.

The Dodgers are in great form, having won nine of their last 10 games, including a four-game series sweep of the Chicago Cubs.

The same can't be said of the Angels who have struggled in recent weeks after a positive start. The front office sacked manager Joe Maddon after a 12-game losing streak.

Results haven't improved for the Halos' and the frustrating injuries to Anthony Rendon and Mike Trout have contributed to their disappointing results. The Angels have won just one of their last seven games, including a disappointing four-game sweep by the Baltimore Orioles.

WhatLA Dodgers @ LA Angels, Game 1
WhereAngel Stadium, Anaheim
When02:38 BST Saturday 16th July 2022
How to watchMLB.TV and bet365's Sports Live Streaming service 
OddsDodgers 20/37, Angels 33/20

Non-All Star Selection 

 With Dodger Stadium set to host All-Star festivities next week, these are the final two games for the Dodgers before the midsummer break.

Neither first baseman Freddie Freeman or catcher Will Smith have been selected for the National League All-Star squad, and despite both players playing down any disappointment, the Dodgers team manager will hope it adds to their motivation.

Speaking to the official Dodgers' website, Roberts said: "I don't think that either player will admit it, but anything a player can use to motivate them to get through the grind of a season, I think, is a benefit, and certainly those guys use it maybe as a little fuel. And we're the recipients and beneficiaries."

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Kershaw shines

One player who is set for another All-Star game on home soil is veteran Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
The 34-year-old has been selected for the ninth time and he joins fellow Dodgers' pitcher Tony Gonsolin, who is having a stellar season and a sure-fire number one contender for the National League Cy Young Award. It will be Gonsolin's first All-Star appearance and a reflection of his season which is 11-0 with a 1.62 ERA.

Kershaw will be on the mound for the opening game at Angel Stadium, which probably means he will only get a relief appearance in the All-Star game if make an appearance at all.

All-Star Angels

Despite being injured for most of the season, Mike Trout will again represent the Angels at the All-Star game for the American League.

Trout will be making his 10th appearance in the All-Star fixture and is expected to be fit to face the Dodgers in game one of the series, despite having back spasms which have kept him out of recent games.

Trout will be joined by fellow Angel, Shohei Ohtani who has been selected as a designated hitter in the lineup, Ohtani will also pitch, so for the second straight season, the two-way star will be chosen as a designated hitter and a starting pitcher, no-one else has done that before.

Match-ups

The Dodgers have won the last four games against the Angels, all four have been at Dodger Stadium. The Angels do lead overall in meetings with the Dodgers (73-65). The Halos' won the series 2-1 at Angel Stadium last year, it was 2019 when they last won a two-game series on their own turf.

On the mound

As mentioned, the Dodgers will have Clayton Kershaw on the mound. This season the 34-year-old has a 6-2 record with an ERA of 2.40 ERA. Kershaw has only given up 12 walks all season and has struckout 69.

The Angels' have Patrick Sandoval pitching. The 25-year-old has a 3-4 record with a 2.95 ERA this season. The lefty has struckout 84 batters, however has issued 34 walks and given up 25 earned runs.

Sandoval kept up his impressive season, striking out 10 in his last game against the Baltimore Orioles in a 1-0 loss.

His interim manager waxed lyrically about him post-game against the Orioles. Phil Nevin spoke to MLB.com and said: "He's a guy we can lean each time out. His bullpen sessions this week were phenomenal, he had been working with pitching coach Matt Wise on a few things. It showed today. He landed a lot of his pitches."

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