New York has fallen in defeat in five of its last six games, including a 4-1 setback to Los Angeles as +131 road underdogs Monday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive affair.
The Yankees have compiled a miserable 9-19 record at this venue in their last 28 contests —not winning a season series on the road against the Angels since 2004.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 8-18 as road underdogs of +125 to +150.
Falling into a pattern
Los Angeles has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, but it’s important to point out that the team’s bullpen has compiled a 1.88 ERA over that span—a major improvement from its early season struggles in April.
The Angels have hit a AL-leading 40 home runs this season, with first baseman Albert Pujols leading the charge—entering the second game of this series with 10 round trippers and 25 RBI.
MLB handicappers will find that the squad is 6-2 as home favorites of -125 to -150 this season, with the OVER going 5-2-1 in that situation.
Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 5.14 ERA) has dropped back-to-back efforts, including a 4-2 home defeat to the Seattle Mariners last time out, as he surrendered four runs (three earned) and seven hits over six innings of work.
The right-hander has gone 0-7 with a 5.13 ERA in his last nine road starts dating back to last season, with opposing hitters batting .314 against him.
In seven lifetime outings versus the Angels, Kuroda has gone 3-3 with a 3.11 ERA, including a 1-1 mark and 2.03 ERA in two appearances at this ballpark.
Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (4-2, 3.18 ERA) has earned back-to-back wins, including a 7-1 home victory over the Cleveland Indians last time out, as he gave up just a single run and two hits over eight frames.
The left-hander has put together a 2-1 record and 3.92 ERA in three home outings—issuing six walks and striking out 25 batters in 20.2 combined innings.
In 26 career appearances (nine starts) versus the Bronx Bombers, Wilson has tallied a 4-3 record and 3.04 ERA, including a 13-1 road win on April 25.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Angels as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 4-0 in Wilson’s last four trips to the mound against AL East opponents.
Pick: Los Angeles Angels -140