MLB Betting Picks: Yankees Bats To Stay Hot at Angels

Jay Pryce

Monday, June 12, 2017 12:48 PM UTC

Monday, Jun. 12, 2017 12:48 PM UTC

The red-hot Yankees take on the Angels in Los Angeles Monday night (10:07 p.m. ET), the first of a seven-game West Coast road swing for New York. Will travel and jet lag cool the Pinstripers’ bats? Pick and betting preview here.

New York Yankees (37-23)

The Yankees are crushing the ball. Manager Joe Girardi’s men have won five straight, outscoring opponents 55-9 in the process. One has to go back to 2007 to uncover a stretch in which the Pinstripers scored as many runs. The lineup slugged an astonishing 17 home runs in this span, including three by outfielder Aaron Judge. Judge, who leads MLB with 19 long balls, is situating himself for the MVP award. His dinger in Sunday afternoon’s 14-3 rout over the Orioles traveled 496 feet, the longest recorded sine ESPN began tracking distance in 2009.

Masahiro Tanaka commands the hill for the opener of a three-game series at the Angels. The former All-Star is not right this season, getting an extra day of rest to figure things out for Monday night. Tanaka is 5-6 with a 6.55 ERA in 12 outings. The right-hander has dropped his last five decisions, yielding 27 earned runs in 22.2 innings. It’s the longest stretch of defeats in his MLB career. Despite the troublesome run, Girardi plans to keep Tanaka in the rotation regardless of his performance tonight.

The Yankees are 20-10 SU as road favorites in Tanaka’s career, returning nearly 17 percent profit at -138 MLB odds. The lineup supports the right-hander well, crossing the plate 5.40 times per game. When scoring 4 runs or more, New York is 18-2 SU and 17-3 on the run line in this spot. One situation to note is this: the OVER is 14-6 with a game total greater than 7 runs. Tanaka and the bullpen allow 4.45 runs per game.

 Los Angeles Angels (33-33)

The Angels are 7-6 SU since losing reigning MVP Mike Trout to a busted thumb. Surprisingly, offensive production is up. The Halos are scoring 5.23 runs per game as opposed to 4.02 prior to the injury. Home runs have increased (1.23:1.04) and the lineup is leaving fewer runners stranded at 13.31 per game; it was 14.08 previously. The Halos put up 12 runs in a win over the Astros Sunday, tying their most on the season.

Former first-rounder Alex Meyer is tasked with cooling off the Yankees’ bats. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 4.08 ERA in seven starts. Meyer’s last four appearances have been brilliant. He owns a 2.01 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 22.1 innings, putting in three quality efforts. Despite the hot hand, L.A. picked up a victory in just one.

The Angels are 6-18 SU in their last 24 matchups versus the Yankees. The staff allows 5.29 runs per game. The rotation has not recorded a quality start in any of the last eight meetings.


Final Analysis

The Angels are just 1-7 SU as a home underdog in the month of June over the last three seasons. Despite Tanaka’s recent form, expect the Japanese national to have his better stuff tonight. He is 1-0 in three career starts against the Angels and holds the current roster to a .215 batting average collectively. Tanaka has also not allowed a home run to any hitter on the roster. Until the Yankees bats cool, betting against is like burning cash. New York -124 is the MLB pick.

Free MLB Pick: Yankees -124Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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