The Los Angeles Dodgers will face the Los Angeles Angels for the third time in the 2019 regular season Tuesday evening and first at Dodger Stadium.
The Angels were 5-3 winners when the teams met June 10 and 11 at Angel Stadium.
The Dodgers have Major League Baseball’s best record, 67-35, and a 15 1/2-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants as they seek their seventh consecutive National League West title.
The Angels have won seven of 10 games since returning to play from the All-Star break, improving to 52-49. They are in third in the American League West, 12 1/2 games behind division-leading Houston and five games out of a wild-card berth.
The Dodgers’ plus-165 run differential is the best in MLB. The Dodgers have allowed the second-fewest runs, 392, one more than the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers 557 runs match Minnesota for second-most, behind the Boston Red Sox, who have scored 575.
The Angels have a 68-54 lead in the official series which began in 1997, the first year of interleague play. The two teams began meeting in spring training in 1962, the Angels second season in the American League.
Kenta Maeda will pitch for the Dodgers against Felix Pena in a matchup of right-handers.
Maeda is 2-2 lifetime against the Angels. He was charged with the loss June 11 when he allowed five runs on three hits, including two home runs, in 4 1/3 innings.
Pena was credited with the victory in that game, allowing two runs and six hits as the second of five Angel pitchers. He had no decisions in two starts against the Dodgers last season.
Pena made two shutout relief appearances against them in 2017 as a member of the Chicago Cubs.
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