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Baltimore Orioles vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/31/14

Los Angeles Angels (63-42) at Baltimore Orioles (59-46)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)

Tyler Skaggs (L) (5-5) (4.485) vs. Bud Norris (R) (8-7) (3.945)

The Line: Baltimore Orioles +109 / Los Angeles Angels -119 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-W, MASN, MLB Network

The Baltimore Orioles look to sweep the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

The Angels have split their last 10 games and are 20 games above a .500 record. The Angels now just need to get their pitching staff on track, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. Overall, the Angels have an ERA of 3.72, which is good for 15th in the majors. The Angels have lost five straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Howie Kendrick has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Kole Calhoun has seven RBI in his last 10 games. Tyler Skaggs takes the hill, and he’s 5-5 with a 4.49 ERA and has 79 strikeouts in 108.1 innings. This is Skaggs’ first career game against the Orioles.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/31/14

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The Orioles are 8-4 since the All Star break and are 14 games above a .500 record. The Orioles pitching staff has been in a groove lately, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. Overall, the Orioles have an ERA of 3.76 and have won seven of their last nine when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Adam Jones has homered in back-to-back games and J.J. Hardy has hit safely in four of his last five games. Starting is Bud Norris, who is 8-7 with a 3.94 ERA and has 76 strikeouts in 102.2 innings. Norris is 4-0 with a 0.52 ERA in five career games against the Angels.

The Angels are 1-4 in Skaggs' last 5 road starts and 6-0 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series. The Orioles are 9-3 in Norris' last 12 home starts and 5-2 in Norris' last 7 starts. 

You see Norris' career numbers against the Angels? Yeah. I'll take some of that. 

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