MLB Picks And Parlays: Los Angeles Angels Head to the Bronx to Face New York Yankees
by Matt Cash @MattCashCapper
Last week New York travelled to Los Angeles flying high. They had just destroyed two of their AL East competitors, Boston and New York, winning the last five games by a combined 55-9 score. They flew on Sunday, played the Angels on Monday night and took the first game of that series as well, 5-3.
But the travel seemed to have caught up with them as they didn’t win another game on their West Coast trip. They dropped the last two of their series with the Angels and then lost four in a row to an Oakland A’s team occupying last place in the AL West.
Entering play on Tuesday, the Yankees once formidable lead in the AL East had shrunk to a half game over the Red Sox. They also placed CC Sabathia on the 10-day DL and the old veteran had been pitching lights out for most of the season.
What New York Yankees does have going for them is six straight games at home and they’ve been awfully good at Yankee Stadium this year. They were an AL best 22-9 heading into Tuesday’s games.
In spite of the recent losses, they still have the best offense in the AL, averaging 5.72 RPG and are second in ERA at 3.74.
And the six losses featured four by one-run and another by two runs.
Los Angeles Angels followed up their series win over the Yankees by losing three of four at home to the Royals. It’s a Kansas City team that’s been hot for a few weeks as they get their season back on track.
The Angels are dealing with the long-term injury to Mike Trout who’s expected back sometime around the All-Star break. Their offense has produced a few gems since he went out, but as would be expected, they are also having their struggles. They scored nine runs in their one win over the Royals and seven in the three losses.
The Angels are 12th in the AL, scoring 4.23 RPG and fifth with a 4.07 ERA.
Ricky Nolasco (2-8, 5.01 ERA) takes the mound for the Angels and Los Angeles has lost his last nine starts. They have not scored more than three runs in any of the last eight, totalling just 15 runs total in those games. His numbers aren’t pretty, but he has allowed three runs or less in five of those eight starts and pitched at least six innings in six of them.
Jordan Montgomery (4-4, 3.78 ERA) is having a solid rookie season at age 24. He game up four runs in 5.2 innings of an 8-7 loss to the A’s last time out. It broke a four-game streak where he allowed four earned runs in 24 innings. The Yankees have scored 22 runs in his last three starts after scoring six in the previous four.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Angels’s last 6 games
- LA Angels is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- LA Angels is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- NY Yankees is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- NY Yankees is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees’s last 6 games
Cash It In: The Yankees are -190 favorites, the Angels +165 underdogs. It’s tempting to take LA who are certainly pining to get a win for their hard luck pitcher. But it’s hard to see that happening in Yankee Stadium. Yankees 7-3.