MLB se­ries of the week

Los Angeles Times - - INSIDE BASEBALL - — Mike DiGio­vanna

DODGERS VS. AN­GELS Mon­day and Tues­day at Dodger Sta­dium, Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day at An­gel Sta­dium

The An­gels have a 61-49 edge in the Free­way Se­ries since the start of in­ter­league play in 1997, but their in­jury-de­pleted club will be heavy un­der­dogs against the hottest team in base­ball. The Dodgers throt­tled the Mets in a four-game sweep last week, hit­ting 15 homers, a fran­chise record for a four-game se­ries. They had won 13 of 14 games en­ter­ing a week­end se­ries against Colorado. With Mike Trout out be­cause of a thumb in­jury, you could ar­gue that the Dodgers are bet­ter than the An­gels at seven of eight field po­si­tions — the ex­cep­tion be­ing the An­gels’ Cameron May­bin get­ting the nod over Joc Ped­er­son in cen­ter field — four ro­ta­tion spots and most cer­tainly at closer with Ken­ley Jansen, who was 4-0 with an 0.87 ERA, 16 saves in 16 op­por­tu­ni­ties and 50 strike­outs and zero walks in 31 in­nings through Fri­day.

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