MLB Betting Lines Report on Baltimore Orioles at LA Angels

Posted by Jordan Walterss on May 20, 2016 in

Want to see perhaps the two best players in the American League? Then check out Saturday’s matchup in Anaheim between the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Angels. The Orioles are led by Manny Machado, who might be the early AL MVP leader. Of course the Angels have outfielder Mike Trout, who has won an AL MVP award and finished second three times in his four seasons in the majors. The Orioles likely will be favored in online sports betting for this game.

A Look at the MLB Betting Lines Report on Baltimore Orioles at LA Angels & TV Info

When: Saturday, May 21, 10:05 PM ET
Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Calif.
Probable pitchers (away/home): Kevin Gausman/Matt Shoemaker
TV: MLB Extra Innings
Radio: Baltimore / Los Angeles
Opening MLB Lines: TBA

Orioles at Angels Historic Betting Trends

Machado is having a slightly better season than Trout and is among the AL leaders in several offensive categories — he’s a big reason the Orioles are battling for the AL East lead when many projected them as a last-place club. Did you know that since Machado’s major league debut on Aug. 9, 2012, the Orioles have won more games than any other team in the American League? He’s 11 months younger than Trout and three months older than Bryce Harper. Earlier this season, Machado, 23, became the 10th player in the last 100 years to record 25 extra-base hits in his team’s first 31 games. Of the previous nine, four went on to win the MVP: Lou Gehrig in 1927, Stan Musial in 1948, Willie Mays in 1965 and Kevin Mitchell in 1989.

Machado has shifted from third base to shortstop with usual shortstop J.J. Hardy out injured. Hardy has been in a boot since the injury, and he has done some pool work. He was placed on the DL on May 3. He will head to extended spring workouts on Friday to begin his rehab. The hope is that he will start to ease into weight-bearing exercises. After extended spring, Hardy would likely need to go out on a rehab assignment before he can be an option for the Orioles.

Baltimore starts young right-hander Kevin Gausman (0-1, 3.00) here. Gausman came away with a no-decision Sunday, allowing four runs on 10 hits and two walks over five innings while striking out only one in a 6-5 loss to the Tigers. He was actually in line for his first win of the season before Darren O’Day gave up back-to-back solo shots to J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera in the eighth inning. Even though he was listed as the No. 5 starter when pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, things have changed for Gausman and he’s probably a No 3 now. Veteran Miguel Gonzalez was released in March, free-agent acquisition Yovani Gallardo hit the disabled list in April and Ubaldo Jimenez continues to be inconsistent.

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The Angels, whose rotation is decimated by injuries, go with Matt Shoemaker (2-5, 8.49). Shoemaker allowed three runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts over five innings in Monday’s win over the Dodgers. Shoemaker pounded the zone, with 57 strikes in 91 pitches and 17 first-pitch strikes to 23 hitters. He probably would have had the chance to finish the quality start in an American League stadium, but his night ended when the Angels pinch-hit for him in the sixth inning. It was actually a positive start for Shoemaker as he had allowed at least four runs and pitched four innings or fewer in each of his past three starts.

Expert Betting Prediction

This likely will have a high total at online sportsbooks, around 9, and I’d go over that. On the moneyline, take Baltimore as you can’t trust Shoemaker at all.