Angels vs. Reds - 8/31/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (55-76) at Los Angeles Angels (58-74)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
B Finnegan (8-9) (4.27) vs. R Nolasco (4-12) (5.24)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -133 / Cincinnati Reds +123 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Angels look to sweep the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday night.
The Cincinnati Reds could use a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Reds have allowed 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Cincinnati Reds have an ERA of 5.00 and have lost seven straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Joey Votto leads Cincinnati with 136 hits, Brandon Phillips has 53 RBI and Eugenio Suarez has 20 home runs. Brandon Finnegan gets the nod, and he’s 8-9 with a 4.27 ERA and 118 strikeouts this season. This will be Finnegan’s first career game against the Angels.
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The Los Angeles Angels look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Angels have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Angels offense has heated up recently, and they’ve won seven straight games when scoring more than three runs. Mike Trout leads Los Angeles with 146 hits, Yunel Escobar has 34 RBI and Albert Pujols has 26 home runs. Ricky Nolasco takes the hill, and he’s 4-12 with a 5.24 ERA and 113 strikeouts this season. Nolasco is 3-2 with a 5.49 ERA and 55 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Reds are 17-38 in their last 55 interleague games and 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series. The Angels are 5-1 in their last 6 overall and 0-5 in Nolascos last 5 starts. The over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
I don't trust Nolasco as much as the next guy, but there's no arguing about the Angels owning the Reds in this series and the way Cincy has played overall the last two weeks. You can't back them with any confidence. So, Angels and Nolasco for the sweep is the pick by default.