ANGELS LOOK TO END HORRIFIC BATTING SLUMP TONIGHT vs. GIANTS @ BIG “A”!
Five days ago the Angels were one of the scorching Hot teams in all of MLB, getting both solid Pitching, and getting Power and timely hits as well. Then they ran into the Lava Hot Red Sox, and got trampled in the 3 game set. They lost all 3 games in blowout manner, with screech your eyes out scores of: (10-1), (9-0) and (8-2). Happy to see the Red Sox leave town, they welcomed the NL San Fran Giants team, off to another slow start. Sadly for the Angels, there was a new opponent, but the same horrific final game result. The Angels lost again (8-1) as the bats now have gone from cold to Frozen.
Baseball is the one sport that can go hot to cold overnight. It’s rare for a really hot team like the Angels to start the new season to go this cold, but it does and will happen to all teams.
Tonight’s game gives the Angels their best shot of a win this weekend as (R) G. Richards takes the hill after a solid start thus far to the ’18 season. He’s (2-0) in 3 starts, with a (2.40 ERA). The downside so far has been starts that weren’t too deep, as none yet lasted (6) innings. The good news he does have (20) K’s, he has though walked a dozen hitters, hence reason for the quicker hooks so far.
The Giants will send former longtime A.L. starter (L) D. Holland to face this now cold Angels lineup. If you only see past results/records and use those as your way of betting, you will likely get crushed in the long run. So far Holland has allowed only (9) hits in his 3 starts. He has allowed (8) earned runs, giving up a few big hits with men on base. He does have a solid (16) K’s and only (6) walks so far, allowing a very respectable (.204) opponent’s batting average.
LAS VEGAS BETTING LINE:
L A ANGELS (RICHARDS) (-$2.05) / (TOTAL RUNS = 9 1/2)
GARY’S BEST BET OF DAY:
Tonight we will side with what we expect will be a good Pitching matchup and fully expect both Starters to get some K’s and hold off from the “big inning”. Holland has been better then his ERA, and Richards is the Ace of this staff. I expect Angels Manager Scioscia to ask for a longer stint tonight by Richards as well, and the Angels closer Middleton is very fresh and overall both Bullpens come in here in relatively good shape, so lots of late Pitching changes if needed should occur. The Giants bats have been very cold most of the season, and I don’t see them crushing cover off the ball vs. Richards tonight. I predict a close and low scoring game tonight as Pitching dominates the cold bats of both clubs.
GARY’S “BEST BET” OF MLB DAY: Take “UNDER 9 1/2” RUNS (LOW SCORING GAME)
Las Vegas Sports Handicapper Gary Greene
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