Over the years in baseball, we have seen that spending a ton of money is absolutely no guarantee of success. In fact, it appears to be the teams that build a squad using prospects picked up in dumping huge salaries that tend to do well. You look at the Cubs and the Astros, and to a lesser degree, the Braves, and see how that way of doing business is paying dividends in the form of wins.
There are still some teams that spend money, and who probably always will, with the New York Yankees sitting at or near the top of that list. They returned to the postseason last year after some time away, and while they are expected to be back again this season, they are being hampered by injuries in the early going. The LA Angels also made a big splash in the offseason, locking down Mike Trout to what could well be a contract that sees him play out his career in Anaheim. Their start to the season proves that they need to get Trout some help. The Yankees are favored by 1 ½ here, with the run total set at 8 ½.
Yankees vs Angels MLB Week 4 Lines & Game Preview
- When: Tuesday, April 23 at 10:07 PM EST
- Where: Angel Stadium, Anaheim
- Starting Pitchers: Jonathan Loaisiga vs Chris Stratton
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Radio: Angels Broadcast Affiliates
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Odds: New York Yankees -110 (Total 8.5)
Why bet on the New York Yankees?The Yankees have been absolutely hammered with injuries to start the season, but they are arguably playing their best ball of this young season right now. They come into this Tuesday night game on a 4-game winning streak that has taken them to within 2 ½ games of the Tampa Bay Rays at the top of the AL East. One of those wins came in the opening game of this series, a 4-3 win over the Angels.
While the back-ups are certainly doing their part to keep the Yankees in the hunt in the division, you do have to wonder how long they can hold down the fort. With 13 players already on the DL, the Yankees cannot afford to lose anyone else. It will be Johnathan Loaisiga (0-0, 3.86 ERA) who will get the ball for the Yankees.
- Runs: 5.14
- Hits: 8.27
- Walks: 3.95
- Strike Outs: 8.77
- Runs: 3.86
- Hits: 7.73
- Walks: 3.45
- Strike Outs: 10.23
Why bet on the LA Angels?The AL West is always going to be a tough division to win for as long as the Houston Astros keep their current squad together. It may be tougher yet, as the Seattle Mariners are off to a blazing start to the season. As it stands now, the Angels are in the cellar looking up at the pack, already 6 games off the pace at 9-14.
They are just 3-7 in their last 10 games, but if there is one positive that they can draw from this start, it’s that they are still tough to beat at home, going 7-4 through 11 games in their own ballpark. It is once again Trout who is leading the way in all the offensive categories, and while that is good news for the Angels, they need more from his surrounding cast. They will send Chris Stratton (0-1, 7.00 ERA) to the mound for this one.
- Runs: 4.30
- Hits: 7.78
- Walks: 3.70
- Strike Outs: 6.13
- Runs: 4.83
- Hits: 8.26
- Walks: 3.78
- Strike Outs: 8.17
Yankees vs Angeles MLB Week 4 Betting Trends
- Yankees are 65-50 against the money line after a win over the last 2 seasons
- Angels are 33-61 against the money line when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons
- 1 of 1 games in this series have gone Under the Total this season
- Chris Straton is 10-2 against the money line in home games in night games over the last 3 seasons
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Yankees vs AngelsThere is a real sense of belief starting to build with the back-up guys on this Yankees team, and I can see this positive streak continuing for a little while longer, which means another win for New York on Tuesday night.
Score: New York Yankees 6 – LA Angels 4