Angels vs. Yankees - 8/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (62-59) at Los Angeles Angels (51-71)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 9:35 pm (Angel Stadium)
Luis Cessa (2-0) (5.30) vs. R Nolasco (4-10) (5.13)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -122 / New York Yankees +112 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels play game two of their series Saturday night.
The New York Yankees look for another win after winning eight of their last 13 games. The Yankees have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The New York Yankees offense has woken up recently, and they’ve won eight of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Didi Gregorius leads New York with 119 hits, Starlin Castro has 54 RBI and Brett Gardner has seven home runs. Luis Cessa gets the ball, and he’s 2-0 with a 5.30 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Cessa’s first career game against the Angels.
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The Los Angeles Angels could use a win after losing 12 of their last 14 games. The Angels have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 12 of their last 15 games. The Los Angeles Angels have an ERA of 4.60 and have lost 10 of their last 12 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Yunel Escobar leads Los Angeles with 140 hits, Mike Trout has 77 RBI and Albert Pujols has 22 home runs. Ricky Nolasco takes the hill, and he’s 4-10 with a 5.13 ERA and 106 strikeouts this season. Nolasco is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games and 12-3 in their last 15 vs. American League West. The Angels are 2-12 in their last 14 games on grass and 12-5 in their last 17 home games. The Yankees are 16-5 in the last 21 meetings.
I don't trust the Angels at all, as they've fallen apart in the second half. To make matters worse, Nolasco continues to prove he's a below average pitcher. Don't trust the Yanks much either, but we're getting plus money with a team that's won eight of their last 13 games. I'll take my chances.