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Los Angeles Angels vs. San Francisco Giants - 4/20/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Francisco Giants (7-11) at Los Angeles Angels (13-6)
Date & Time Friday April 20, 2018, 10:07 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -141 / San Francisco Giants +131 --- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
FSW, KNTV
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MLB | San Francisco Giants (7-11) at Los Angeles Angels (13-6)
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The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels meet Friday in MLB action at Angel Stadium. 

The San Francisco Giants need a feel good victory here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Giants have scored five runs in their last three games and one or less runs in four of their last six games. The San Francisco Giants have lost nine straight games when scoring three or less runs. Offensively, Joe Panik leads the Giants with 18 hits and four RBI while Buster Posey and Andrew McCutchen have combined for 31 hits and 16 RBI. Jeff Samardzija gets the ball, and he was 9-15 with a 4.42 ERA and 205 strikeouts last season. Samardzija is 1-3 with a 3.71 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Angels. 

The Los Angeles Angels need a win here in order to snap a three-game losing streak. The Angels have allowed 27 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last five games. The Los Angeles Angels are 3-6 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Albert Pujols leads the Angels with 22 hits and 10 RBI while Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton have combined for 42 hits and 19 RBI. Andrew Heaney gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. This will be Heaney’s first career game against the Giants.

The Giants are 21-45 in their last 66 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 games on grass and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Angels are 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games, 4-0 in their last 4 interleague home games and 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games. The Giants are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles.

Samardzija is expected to make his season debut after starting the year on the DL due to a pectoral injury. Last year, Samardzija had an ERA of 4.81 with an allowed batting average of .258 and 116 in 112.1 innings on the road. Heaney has pitched five innings this season and has given up seven hits and three earned runs in those innings. The Los Angeles Angels have struggled with good teams this season and are fresh off getting rocked three straight times against the Red Sox. The San Francisco Giants have been on the losing side of some tough games and can't get consistent offense to save their life. Two teams in subpar form, give me the plus money.

Pick:
San Francisco Giants +131

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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