Luis Cessa will make his first MLB start tonight as the Yankees continue their West Coast road trip in Game 2 of their three-game set with the LA Angels. The Yankees are staying an arm’s length out of the playoff race and are running out of time to close the gap.
- The Yankees have won their last five games against the Angels.
- Ricky Nolasco has given up a combined .350 batting average to the current Yankees lineup.
- Nolasco hasn’t earned a win since July 9.
As mentioned, Cessa has never started in the majors before. In his eight relief appearances, however, the Mexican owns a 5.33 ERA. Cessa has been up and down from Triple-A this year and will look earn a spot in the big club for the rest of the season with a quality performance tonight in Anaheim.
Ricky Nolasco – yes he still pitches in the majors – gets the call for the Angels tonight and will bring his 4-10 record and 5.13 ERA to the mound. There’s really nothing good to say about this guy, he’s just really bad.
The value in this one probably comes in taking a flyer on Cessa in his first career start. The call-up has pitched well in Triple-A Scranton and had a 3.03 ERA in 14 starts before he made the step up to the majors.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The visiting New York Yankees were 112 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bodog. The total was 9 at Bet365 for those preferring over under betting.
Odds – Shark
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New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Angels Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Los Angeles (51-71) will face the 62-59 Yankees in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs New York injuries news.
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Los Angeles Angels rated this week at No. 30 and the New York Yankees sitting at No. 22.
On offense, it’s a battle between the Los Angeles Angels and its No. 18-rated batting order, averaging 4.48 runs per nine innings, against the No. 22 line up of the New York Yankees at 4.17 runs per outing.
New York brings the No. 15-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Angels’s No. 25-ranked defense.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Masahiro Tanaka chucked 7.2 shutout innings at the Angels in their last game, striking out 9 in a 7-0 win against Los Angeles in baseball action at Angel Stadium.
- NY Yankees is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
- NY Yankees is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Yankees’s last 7 games
- NY Yankees is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
- LA Angels is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- LA Angels is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games
- LA Angels is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Angels’s last 7 games
Next Betting Matchups
New York at Los Angeles, Sunday, August 21st