Home/Away Splits & Starting Pitcher Superiority Clearly Favors Angels Over Orioles

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, August 8, 2015 12:48 PM GMT

We’re going to examine Saturday night’s game between the Orioles and Angels. Can Baltimore shed their losing ways on the road today? Can the Angels win for the fifteenth time in their last twenty home games?

Orioles in Anaheim on Saturday
The Orioles and Angels will partake in their second of a three game series at Anaheim on Saturday. The first pitch is slated for 9:05 PM ET. The Angels took the opening game of the series with a decisive 8-4 win over Baltimore. By virtue of that win, the Angels are now 3-1 versus Baltimore in 2015.

 

Starting Pitchers
Ubaldo Jimenez will receive the start for Baltimore tonight. The veteran right-handed hurler has been in horrible form over his previous four starts, posting a giant 10.61 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and surrendered a whopping 6 home runs in 18 2/3 innings pitched. As a matter of fact, Jimenez failed to get to the fifth inning in three of those four starts. Jimenez is 3-9 during his road team starts this season with a lofty 5.25 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. The Orioles hurler is 0-5 in his career team starts versus Los Angeles with a 5.34 ERA.

Garrett Richards will start for the Angels on Saturday. He’s been very good at home in 2015, going 8-2 in his team starts with a stellar 2.36 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Since 2014 Richards has been an extremely profitable 25-8 as a money line favorite of -110 or more.

 

Orioles Home/Away Splits Polar Opposites
Baltimore has gone a very good 34-21 (.618) at Camden Yards this year. Unfortunately the road has been far from kind, evidenced by their poor 21-32 (.396) record during away games. They are even worse 8-24 in road games that take place in the evening hours. Baltimore is still very much alive in the American League Wild Card chase, and if they hope to secure a postseason berth, winning with more regularity in away games certainly would be beneficial. Currently they’re in the middle of a nine game road trip that’s seen them go 2-2 thus far.

 

Angels Taking Advantage of Home Field
The Angels are a superb 35-22 (.614) at Anaheim this year, and that includes 14-5 in their last nineteen home games. Los Angeles have been money makers this season as a money line favorite of -110 or more, evidenced by their 42-20 record when cast into that role. Hypothetical if you wagered to win $100 on the Angels in all of those sixty two game it would’ve resulted in a profit of $1540.

 

Final Analysis
Let’s keep it simple for argument’s sake. One team (Angels) has thrived at home while the other (Orioles) has struggled in away games. One starting pitcher (Richards) has performed very well at home this season, and the other (Jimenez) has been a disaster in recent outings. I’m siding with the home team for one of my MLB picks on Saturday. Several sportsbooks have a same money line price pertaining to a wager on the home side.

MLB Pick: Angels -146 on the money line at Sportsbetting