Los Angeles Angels (62-64) vs. Baltimore Orioles (38-85)
August 25, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Baltimore Orioles +130 / Los Angeles Angels -175; Over/Under: -9.5
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The Los Angeles Angels and the Baltimore Orioles meet Wednesday in MLB action from Oriole Park. This will be the second installment in a three-game set during the week. In the Tuesday opener, the Angels powered out a high-scoring victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Los Angeles had no luck versus the Indians this past weekend, posting losses in all three games. In the Tuesday opener versus the Orioles, the Angels notched 19 hits and 13 runs in the first four innings in a wild 14-8 win. Junior Guerra gave up four earned on seven hits in 2.2 innings.
For the starter job in the Wednesday game, the Angels will send out Shohei Ohtani. This year Ohtan is is 8-1 in 18 starts, notching a 2.79 ERA with 120 strikeouts in 100.0 innings of work.
Over on the Orioles’ side, their skid continued over the weekend as the team lost to the Braves in three straight games. On Tuesday, Baltimore got their offense working but couldn’t keep up on the other side. Spenser Watkins left after 2.0 frames with eight earned on seven hits.
The O’s will send out Chris Ellis for the start on Wednesday. This year Ellis has a 1-0 record in his single game, logging a clean ERA with seven Ks in 4.0 innings.
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The Angels are 5-1 in the last six Wednesday games and 2-9 in the last 11 in game two of a series. The under is 4-1 in LA’s last five in game two of a series and the over is 5-2-1 in the last eight Wednesday games.
Meanwhile, the Orioles are 29-63 in their last 92 versus the AL West and 18-43 in their last 61 home games. Baltimore is 13-40 in their last 53 Wednesday games and 23-69 in their last 92 overall.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Angels. Ohtani has been rolling right along lately, posting a 3-0 record with four earned on 13 hits and three walks in his last 20.0 innings over three starts. In his last seven starts, Ohtani is 5-0 with 14 earned on 28 hits and eight walks over 40.2 innings, notching 38 strikeouts in that span as well. If the Orioles are going to have any chance here, it’ll likely have to be a late-innings push in a tight game. I don’t think that scenario will happen.