Bet Over Total Runs for Sunday's MLB Picks: Angels vs. Giants

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, May 3, 2015 1:28 PM GMT

Our own MLB betting consultant breaks down the series finale today between the SF Giants and LA Angels. Join us in reading his informative article which concludes with a selection on the total.

Interleague Series Finale between Angels and Giants
The San Francisco Giants will host the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday at 4:05 PM ET. According to the MLB odds at Bookmaker, San Francisco is a -110 money line favorite, and the posted total is 7.5. Today will be the finale of a three game series, the Giants won the first two, and both games were each decided by one run.

 

Starting Pitchers
The Angels will call upon veteran right-hander Jered Weaver to take the mound on Sunday. Weaver is off to an uninspiring start to the 2015 season. He’s gone 1-3 in his four team starts and posted a lofty 5.83 ERA in those outings. A red flag certainly comes up when evaluating Weaver’s first four starts of the year. He’s allowed six home runs in 29 1/3 innings pitched. Weaver is 7-0 over the total in his seven starts since the beginning of the 2014 MLB campaign when the total is 7.0 or 7.5, and those outings averaged a combined 10.8 runs scored per game.

The Giants Tim Lincecum will make his fifth start of the season on Sunday. Lincecum has displayed shaky form during his previous three starts, posting a lofty 4.80 ERA, and 1.73 WHIP. The seasoned Giants hurler has exhibited some control issues during his first four starts by walking ten in just 22.0 innings pitched.

 

Angels Update
The Los Angeles Angels have been far from impressive by going 11-13 so far. They were a clear betting favorite to win the AL West before the season began. They still very well might fulfill that goal, but it definitely won’t be attained if certain aspects of their game don’t improve. The Angels have a terrible team batting average of .229 to start the year and are averaging a paltry 7.5 hits per game. The aggressive style of play that we’ve been accustomed to by the Angels in recent years has been missing in the early part of the 2015 slate. The Angels have just 10 stolen bases in twenty-four games. On a positive note, their bullpen has been solid by posting a stellar 3.33 ERA as a staff.

 

Giants Report
The defending world champion San Francisco Giants were off to an awful start to the season, but have recently turned things in the right direction. After losing nine of their first thirteen games, they’ve rebounded to go 7-3 in their last ten. Similar to the Angels, San Francisco’s bullpen has been very good, evidenced by a stellar 3.01 ERA as a staff. The Giants have really struggled offensively in 2015, averaging a paltry 3.1 runs per game.

 

Final Analysis
Despite their lack of offense so far, the Angels have managed to go over the total in five of their last six games. The Giants hitting has picked up a bit recently, and they’ve amassed ten hits or more in five of the previous eight games. Both of these starting pitchers are in the twilight of their careers, and aren’t a shell of what they once were. I have a small lean toward this game being a high scoring affair for one of my MLB picks on Sunday.

MLB Picks: Play on the Angels and Giants to go over the total of 7.5 at Pinnacle.