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Los Angeles Angels vs. Baltimore Orioles - 5/1/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Baltimore Orioles (8-20) at Los Angeles Angels (16-12)
Date & Time Tuesday May 1, 2018, 10:07 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -170 / Baltimore Orioles +150 --- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
FS-West, MASN2
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MLB | Baltimore Orioles (8-20) at Los Angeles Angels (16-12)
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The Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Angels square off in game one of their three game MLB set from Angel Stadium on Tuesday. 

The Baltimore Orioles could use a win after losing 14 of their last 18 games, but took a step in the right direction, winning their series against Detroit, including a 5-3 win in the series finale on Sunday. Pedro Alvarez led the O’s with three RBIs, going 2 for 4 with a pair of homers. Trey Mancini hit a solo home run and Craig Gentry added an RBI of his own to round out the scoring for the Orioles in the victory. Caleb Joseph added a double while Manny Machado, Anthony Santander and Joey Rickard each chipped in a base hit as well to round out the offense for Baltimore in the win. Kevin Gausman got the win to improve to 2-2 this season, giving up just one run on five hits while striking out four over 5.2 innings of work. Darren O’Day struck out a pair in the 9th for his 2nd save of the season. Alex Cobb will start game one and is 0-3 with a 13.11 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cobb is 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA and 19 strikeouts against the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels will be looking for a win to snap a four game losing streak after being swept by the Yankees over the weekend, including a 2-1 loss in the series finale on Sunday night. Ian Kinsler put up a double while Justin Upton, Albert Pujols, Andrelton Simmons, Zack Cozart and Rene Rivera each added a base hit with Upton being the lone Halo to cross the plate in the loss. Tyler Skaggs took the loss after giving up both runs on three hits while striking out eight over 5.1 innings of work, falling to 3-2 this season. Nick Tropeano will start the opener and is 1-2 with a 4.67 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. In his career, Tropeano is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 8 strikeouts against Baltimore. 

Baltimore is 12-39 in their last 51 games overall and 6-21 in their last 27 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 13-3-1 in their last 17 games following a win. Los Angeles is 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 0-6 in their last 6 games against the AL East while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. Baltimore is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams. 

Baltimore showed signs of life against the Tigers and the Angels just looked lost against New York. However, there’s no way that I’m siding with Baltimore with Cobb on the mound. I mean the guy has been a walking Christmas tree for his new team, getting lit up for 17 runs in just 11.2 innings, at least five runs in each outing. No. Thank. You. The Angels are due for a breakout game offensively, and I can definitely see it coming against the Orioles and Cobb as I see the Halos winning big here.

Los Angeles Angels -1.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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