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Dodgers, Angels shift Freeway Series to Anaheim

Los Angeles Dodgers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The Freeway Series shifts to Angel Stadium in Anaheim for two games, which gives the Dodgers the opportunity to improve their interleague road record.

The Dodgers are just 20-35 (.364) against the Angels in Anaheim, compared to 30-27 (.526) at Dodger Stadium. That includes losing three straight games in Anaheim, dating back to 2015.

Since interleague play began in 1997, the Dodgers are just 69-104 (.399) in American League parks, though they have improved in recent years. Since the start of 2014, the Dodgers are 16-17 (.485) in AL parks, including winning two out of three earlier this season in Cleveland.

The Dodgers are smack dab in the middle of an interleague-heavy portion of their schedule, with 10 of their next 23 games against American League teams.

These two games against the Angels will bring the Dodgers to 81 games, the exact halfway point of the season.

The only two LA Dodgers teams with more wins in their first 81 games than this year’s team (52-27) are 1974 (55-26) and 1977 (54-27).

The most home runs by a Dodger in the first 81 team games of the season is 28, by Gil Hodges (1951) and Duke Snider (1955). The only other two with more home runs in the first 81 than Cody Bellinger‘s 24 are Gary Sheffield (27 in 2000) and Shawn Green (25 in 2002).

Again, Bellinger spent the first 20 games this season in Triple-A.

Bellinger’s 56 RBI are the most by a Dodger through the first 81 games since Matt Kemp (63) in 2011. Bellinger’s 56 RBI in his first 59 career games are the most in MLB since Jim Greengrass drove in 57 in his first 59 games for the Reds in 1952-53.

Hyun-jin Ryu gets the start for the Dodgers on Wednesday, his second career start in Anaheim. In 2014, Ryu pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out four.

Alex Meyer starts for the Angels. The right-hander has a 2.03 ERA in five home starts this season, with 28 strikeouts and 14 walks in 26⅔ innings.

Seager watch

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager has missed the last four games while dealing with his right hamstring strain. The club has thus far avoided placing Seager on the disabled list, with the hopes that he would be ready within a day or two.

It sounds like Seager’s return could be in Anaheim.

Game info

Time: 7:07 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, Fox Sports West, MLB Network