Game of the Day: Orioles at Angels

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Baltimore Orioles at Los Angeles Angels
(-137,
8.5)

The Baltimore Orioles’ road trip to face the class of the
American League West continues Monday against the Los Angeles
Angels, who opened the second half by taking two of three
against Seattle. Baltimore dropped two of three in Oakland over
the weekend, including a 10-2 loss Sunday when they managed
just three hits. Center fielder Mike Trout has reached base
safely in 57 of the last 62 games for Los Angeles, which has
won 21 of its last 26.

Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado has recovered from a slow
start and reached base safely in a career-high 19 games since
June 22. The Orioles, who entered the All-Star break in first
place for the second time in the last 25 seasons, saw its lead
in the American League East cut to three games over the New
York Yankees and Toronto following Sunday’s loss. The Angels
feature the majors’ top-scoring offense, and their bullpen
received a boost Saturday with the trade for new closer Huston
Street from San Diego.

TV: 10:05 p.m. ET, MASN2 (Baltimore), FSN West
(Los Angeles)

LINE HISTORY: Pinnacle Sports opened the
Angels as -137 faves, then moved to -141 before back to -137.
The total has held at 8.5.

INJURY REPORT:
Orioles – C Matt Wieters (Out for
season, elbow). Angels – SS Erick Aybar (Questionablel,
groin)

COVERS POWER RANKINGS:
Orioles (-189), Angels (-201)

WHAT SHARPS SAY: “Series losses have been few
and far between for the Orioles lately, but they’re coming off
one as they dropped two of three in Oakland. Baltimore has
still been a solid bet on the road this season, where it sits
five games over .500 and this spot actually sets up well as
Angels starter Matt Shoemaker isn’t nearly as strong as his 7-2
record indicates (note his 4.38 ERA). As a team, Los Angeles is
probably in line for some regression moving forward. Not a bad
spot to grab the underdog price with an excellent club here.”
Covers Expert Sean Murphy.

WAG WAR: Orioles’ slugger Chris Davis’ wife
and Angels’ pitcher C.J. Wilson’s wife Lisalla Montenegro.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH Bud Norris (7-6,
3.96 ERA) vs. Angels RH Matt Shoemaker (7-2, 4.38)

Norris is making his first start in nearly three weeks after
landing on the disabled list with a groin strain. The
29-year-old, who went 4-0 with a 2.55 ERA in four June starts,
allowed three runs over 4 1/3 innings last Monday in a rehab
assignment for Double-A Bowie. David Freese is 7-for-18 against
Norris, who is 3-0 with a 0.32 ERA in four career starts
covering 28 innings against the Angels.

Shoemaker is set to appear in his first game since July 7, when
he allowed two runs over 3 2/3 innings in relief against
Toronto. The 27-year-old rookie has shuffled between the
bullpen and the rotation, and is 6-1 with a 4.15 ERA in nine
starts while posting a 5.40 ERA in six relief appearances.
Shoemaker, who is facing Baltimore for the first time, has gone
4-1 with a 2.84 in nine games (five starts) at home.

TWEET BEAT:

TRENDS:

* Orioles are 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
* Orioles are 4-1 in Norris’ last five starts.
* Angels are 5-1 in Shoemakers last six starts.

COVERS CONSENSUS: 63.24 percent of wagers on
Covers Consensus are on the Angels.

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