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Los Angeles Angels vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/21/14

Baltimore Orioles (53-44) at Los Angeles Angels (59-38)

MLB Baseball: Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)

Bud Norris (R) (7-6) (3.956) vs. Matt Shoemaker (R) (6-1) (4.154)

The Line: Los Angeles Angels -135 / Baltimore Orioles +125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-West, MASN2

The Los Angeles Angels and the Baltimore Orioles face off on Monday at the Big A for game one of their series of playoff contenders.

The Los Angeles Angels continue to chase the Oakland A’s in the AL West but in the meantime they have a nine game cushion for a Wildcard spot. The Angels are 34-16 at home, 8-2 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a win on Sunday. As a team the Angels are hitting .266 with Mike Trout hitting .313, Howie Kendrick hitting .296, and Josh Hamilton hitting .293. The Los Angeles pitching staff has an ERA of 3.77 with the starters at 3.77 and the bullpen at 3.76. For game one against the Orioles the Angels start Matt Shoemaker who has won five of his alst six decisions for the season Shoemaker has allowed 70 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 62 over 63.2 innings for a 7-2 record and a 4.38 ERA.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/21/14

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The Baltimore Orioles continue to lead the AL East though they are coming off of a loss on Sunday at Oakland. The Orioles are 27-21 on the road this season, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and have a three game lead on the Yankees and the Blue Jays. As a team the Orioles are hitting .265 with Adam Jones hitting .298, Nick Markakis hitting .292, and Nelson Cruz hitting .279 with 28 home runs. As a team the Orioles pitching staff has an ERA of 3.86 with the starters at 4.09 and the bullpen at 3.45. For game one of their series the Orioles start Bud Norris who lost last time out to end a string of four wins. For the season Norris has allowed 79 hits and 40 earned runs while striking out 62 over 91 innings for a 7-6 record and a 3.96 ERA.

Los Angeles is 22-6 in their last 28 games, 36-16 in their last 52 home games, and 5-1 in Shoemaker’s last six starts. Baltimore is 4-2 in their last six road games, 11-5 in their last 16 games, and 4-1 in Norris’ last five starts. Baltimore has won four of their last five games against Los Angeles.

With the total at 8.5 I like the under as both of these teams are just swinging the bats but these pitchers have been tough customers so the under is my free pick. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.

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Under 8.5

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