Los Angeles Vs Baltimore Expert Pick
It has become very clear in baseball that spending a lot of money does not guarantee success. That is especially true of the money that you are throwing around is for players who seem to be in a steady state of decline. The LA Angels have become the masters of doing just that, and one look at what they are paying Albert Pujols at this stage of his career is a sign of how money management may not be the best asset of this team. The Angels have not been very good this year, and it really doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone. What has been a pleasant surprise is the play of the Baltimore Orioles in the first half of the season. They are sitting at the top of the AL East right now, and if they can handle the Angels in this 3-game series, they will almost certainly head into the break still sitting there. You can get the betting lines for the Friday match-up at MyBookie.ag.
A Closer Look at LA Angels Vs Baltimore Orioles Expert Pick
When: Friday, July 8 at 7:05 PM EST
Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore
Starting Pitchers: Matt Shoemaker Vs Ubaldo Jimenez
TV: FS-W and MASN 2
Radio: KLAA and WJZ-FM
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the LA Angels
It’s pretty fair to say that the Angels (35-50) are a one-man team, with Mike Trout leading the way in most of the offensive stats. Yes, Pujols has driven in 57 runs so far, but it is Trout who is the man on most nights. Where the Angels have really struggled this season is on the mound, as their 4.57 team ERA is down near the bottom of the league rankings. On the bright side, they have taken 2 of 3 from the Tampa Bay Rays, and can win the series on Thursday before heading to Baltimore for 3 days. At just 4-12 versus teams from the East this season, winning in Baltimore looks like a tall order. Matt Shoemaker (3-9, 4.40 ERA) will start for the Angels.
Why bet on the Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles (49-35) look to have snapped out of a bit of a rut with back to back wins on the road versus the Dodgers, after losing their 5 games previous to that. They get a day off on Thursday before welcoming in an Angels team that they took 2 of 4 from the last time they met. The Orioles have made Camden Yard a petty tough place for opponents to visit this season, going 31-13 in front of their home fans. That has helped them build up a 2.5 game lead in the AL East, but they must be aware of the suddenly hot Toronto Blue Jays breathing down their necks. Ubaldo Jimenez (5-8, 6.95 ERA) will start for the O’s.
Expert MLB Pick and Final Score Prediction
Not the most glamorous pitching match-up here, and one that is likely to yield some runs. I like the Orioles to get the win, but the betting odds I would really be looking at here is the OVER.