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New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/25/14

Los Angeles Angels (10-11) at New York Yankees (12-9)

MLB Baseball: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

C.J. Wilson (L) (2-2) (4.207) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (R) (2-1) (4.069)

The Line: New York Yankees -117 / Los Angeles Angels +108 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Angels visit the Big Apple to take the field with the New York Yankees.

Even though the Angels are a .500 team they have avoided falling off the map and therefore are not buried in the standings which is a necessity in the top heavy American League West. However, after a crushing 5-4 loss at Washington Wednesday where they blew a 4-1 lead in the 9th we will see how this team responds. Ace Jered Weaver came through with a big effort with a lone run given up in six frames before Ernesto Frieri was tagged for four 9th inning runs on three hits and a BB. The bats posted eight hits and eight walks but the story with this group was only four runs despite a ton of runners. Veteran left hander CJ Wilson will get the ball in the series opener at New York. Wilson struggled a bit last time out in a 5-2 loss at Detroit where he allowed three runs on seven hits including a pair of homers.

New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/25/14

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The Yankees made some changes to their roster in the off season and right now things are looking good although 2014 is still young and the future is always blurry in the rugged American League East. Having said that New York is looking down from their perch atop the top division in the game which they solidified with a 14-5 rout of Boston at Fenway Park on Thursday. This was no contest with the Bronx Bombers jumping to a 7-0 lead after three frames and never looking back. CC Sabathia gave his team six innings of two run ball with the bats making quick work of Red Sox pitching with 14 hits and 12 base on balls. Yangervis Solarte led the way with four RBI's followed by Jacoby Ellsbury with three RBI's and Derek Jeter with two. Hiroki Kuroda will be toeing the rubber in game number one versus the visiting Angels. Kuroda hasn't been at his best the past two appearances with seven runs plated over 12 frames.

Wilson has had great success in this match up but I really don't think that applies here with the Yanks featuring a number of new faces. Kuroda looks shaky to me but the bats don't so the Yankees get my vote...

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New York Yankees -117

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