Major league baseball on Monday night and we will see the New York Yankees travel to Angel Stadium to take on the Los Angeles Angels in game 1 of their 3 game series. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 2:10 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
New York +116
LA Angels -126
Over/ Under: 8 -110
The Yankees are struggling a bit right now as they have won just 3 of their last 8 games. Still they are just a half a game behind the Rays and Orioles for first place in the AL East. The Yanks have gone 20-21 on the road this year. The LA Angels look to be playing better ball of late as they have won 4 of their last 6 games and have now climbed to 2nd place in the AL West, but they are still 4 games behind division leading Houston. The Halos are 23-17 at home this year.
The Yankees rank 8th in scoring (4.39 rpg), 4th in hitting (.271) and 26th in homers (40), while on the mound they are 6th in ERA (3.49) and 8th in WHIP (1.22). Los Angeles ranks 23rd in scoring (3.89 rpg), 24th in hitting (.242) and 10th in homers (76), while on the mound they are 12th in ERA (3.74) and 7th in WHIP (1.21).
Getting the ball for the Yankees today will be CC Sabathia, who is 3-7 with a 5.65 ERA in 15 starts this year, while on the road he has gone 2-4 with a 4.19 ERA. CC is 9-8 with a 3.97 ERA in 19 career start vs the Angels, while in this park he has gone 4-4 with a 3.63 ERA in 10 starts.
Taking the hill for the Angels today will be CJ Wilson who is 5-6 with a 3.92 ERA on the year overall, while at home he has gone 3-3 with a 4.44 ERA. Wilson has 11 career starts vs the Yanks and he is 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA in those starts.
Pick: Neither starter has had a great year, but Wilson has pitched much better overall and he has solid numbers vs the Yanks, so I will go with the Halos in this one. LA Is playing a bit better ball at the moment and I expect them to keep it up here. They now have to feel that they can catch the Astros in the west and just can't let games like this get away, especially with the better pitcher on the mound. The Yanks are 4-11 in Sabathia's last 15 starts as a road underdog of +110 to +150, while the Halos are 17-5 in Wilson's last 22 home starts and 20-8 i his last 28 starts as a favorite. Nice spot for another win by the Angels.
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