MLB Picks: Daily Updates for Angels vs. Giants Inter-League Game Series

Darin Zank

Saturday, May 2, 2015 2:49 PM GMT

San Francisco struggled earlier this season, but may be finding a groove, with eight wins in its last 12 games. Can the Giants complete the sweep of the Angels Sunday afternoon

May 3
Angels vs Giants Game 3

By: Ron Patrick


Sunday's Betting Odds
Most baseball books opened Sunday's game, which matches LA's Jered Weaver against Frisco's Tim Lincecum, at right around a pick 'em, with a total of 7.5 runs. And both those figures were holding steady in the early betting.


Game 2 Recap
The Giants got a quality outing from Tim Hudson while rapping out 11 hits offensively on their way to a 5-4 victory. San Francisco, to our delight, won as a -120 favorite Saturday, but the game, to our dismay, played OVER its MLB odds total of 7.5 runs when the Angels scored twice with two outs in the top of the ninth.

The Giants have now won eight of their last 12 games, while LA has lost four of its last six.

San Francisco scored twice in the second inning Saturday, once in the fourth, once in the fifth and once in the seventh. The Angels then pulled to within a run at 5-4 with those two runs in the top of the ninth, and had the tying run on base, but that runner was hit by a batted ball for the final out of the game.

Giants starter Tim Hudson held LA to two hits (both solo homers) through eight-plus innings, while Angels starter Hector Santiago gave up four runs and nine hits in just five innings.

LA's Albert Pujols, who had missed recent action with a sore hamstring, started Saturday and went one-for-four at the plate, bopping a solo homer.


Sunday's Starters
Lincecum is two-for-four on quality starts this year. Monday he gave up four runs and eight hits in four innings against the Dodgers, but that came after allowing four ER total through his first three starts. For the season Lincecum has allowed eight ER and 33 base-runners (hits + walks) in 22 innings of work. San Francisco is 1-3 in Lincecum's starts, with the totals splitting 2-2.

Lincecum last started against the Angles back in 2009.

Weaver is two-for-five on quality starts this season. Last Tuesday he got nicked for six runs in seven innings against Oakland, but in his two starts previous to that he allowed only three runs through 12 innings. For the season Weaver has allowed 19 runs and 39 base-runners through 29 1/3 innings. Los Angeles is just 1-4 in Weaver's starts, with the totals leaning toward the OVERS 3-1-1.

Weaver's only career start against San Francisco came back in 2012.

This handicapper's betting on Weaver & Angels today against the Giants

Sunday's Batting Splits
Anaheim owns a .284 team OBP and a sluggish .329 team slugging percentage against right-handed pitching this season.

San Francisco owns a .314 OBP and a .361 slugging percentage against righties.


Game 3 Free Picks
The Giants are the hotter team at the moment, so most other things balancing out to about equal, we like the home team to complete the sweep today. Also, considering the teams combined to hit four home runs during an afternoon game Saturday, we're placing our MLB picks for Sunday afternoon's game OVER, too.

Free MLB Picks: San Francisco -104 and OVER 7.5 runs (+100) at Pinnacle


May 2
Angels vs Giants Game 2

By: Ron Patrick


Angels-Giants Game 2 Betting Odds
Most of the MLB odds opened San Francisco with Tim Hudson at around -120 over Los Angeles and lefty Hector Santiago, with a total of 7.5 runs. In the early betting most books dropped that price about a dime, to the -110 range.


Game 1 Recap
Joe Panick rapped a pinch-hit single with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth to break a 2-2 and give San Francisco a 3-2 victory. The Giants won as -115 post-time favorites on Friday's betting line, and the game stayed UNDER a total of seven runs.

Giants starter Chris Heston took a shutout into the seventh inning, before giving up a run. He's now four-for-five on quality starts this season.

Angels starter CJ Wilson went seven innings, allowing just one earned run and four hits, working his ERA for the season down to 2.73.

San Francisco has been held to three runs or less in seven of its last 10 games. LA, meanwhile, has been held to three runs or fewer in five of its last nine games.

Also, the UNDERS are now 8-3 in Giants home games this season.

Los Angeles' Albert Pujols sat out Friday's game with a sore hamstring, and his status for Saturday and Sunday remains questionable, especially considering this series is being played in a National League park.

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Saturday's Starters
Hudson is three-for-four on quality starts this season. Last time out he gave up three runs through seven innings against Colorado, and for the season he's allowed 11 runs and 34 base-runners (27 hits + seven walks) through 25 1/3 innings. San Francisco has split Hudson's four starts, while all four of his starts have played UNDER the totals.

This will be Hudson's first start against the Angels since 2011, when he was with Atlanta.

Santiago is two-for-four on quality starts this season. Last time out he allowed 10 base-runners – four hits and six walks – through 5 1/3 innings against Texas, but allowed just one earned run. So on the season he's given up six earned runs and 29 base-runners through 23 2/3 innings. Los Angeles has split Santiago's four starts, while three of those starts have played OVER.

Santiago has never faced San Francisco.


Saturday's Battling Splits
The Angels own a pedestrian .288 team OBP and a .327 team slugging percentage against right-handed pitching this season.

San Francisco owns a .299 OBP and a .355 slugging percentage against lefties this year.


Game 2 Free Pick
We came up with a dual winner on Friday night's game with the Giants and the UNDER, and we're thinking along the same lines for today's MLB picks.

Free MLB Picks: San Francisco -105 and UNDER 7.5 runs (-110) at 5Dimes


May 1
Angels vs Giants Game Opener

By: Ron Patrick


Angels-Giants Game 1 Betting Odds
Most MLB odds opened San Francisco with rookie Christopher Heston at around -125 over Los Angeles and CJ Wilson, with a total of seven runs. In the early betting many books then dropped the price about a dime, to the -115 range.

Also, Bovada was chalking the Giants at -125 to win this series, with the Angels “getting” -105.


Series Set-Up
Los Angeles just took two of three games from the A's in Oakland, losing Tuesday's series opener 6-2 but winning Wednesday 6-3 and Thursday 6-5. Just before that the Angels took two of three from Texas, and just before that they took two of the last three games of a four-game set with the A's. So LA has won six of its last nine.

The Angels have also played four OVERS in a row, and seven in their last 10 games, in part because they've been pegged with some relatively low totals.

At 11-11 the Angels sit in second place in the AL West, four games back of first-place Houston (yes, you read that right).

Meanwhile, San Francisco just dropped two of three games at the Dodgers this week, losing Monday 8-3, winning Tuesday 2-1 then losing Wednesday 7-3. The Giants then had Thursday off.

Just before the Dodgers series the Giants split two games at Colorado, and just before that they swept three games from LA. So since snapping that eight-game losing streak San Francisco has won six of its last 10.

At 9-13 the Giants occupy last place in the NL West, 4.5 games behind the division-leading Dodgers.

These teams met most recently back in 2012, when the Angels took two of three games from the Giants in Anaheim.


Friday's Starters
Heston, a righty who went 12-9 with a 3.38 ERA down at Triple-A Fresno last year, is three-for-four on quality starts with the Big Club this season. He allowed just two earned runs through his first three starts, but last time out, last Friday, Colorado got to him for six runs and 11 hits in less than six innings of a 6-4 San Francisco loss. On the season Heston has given up eight ER and 32 base-runners (hits + walks) through 26 innings; the Giants are 2-2 in his starts, with the totals leaning toward the UNDERS by a 3-0-1 margin.

This will be Heston's first-ever start against the Angels.

Wilson, who's been bothered by a sore elbow this spring, which isn't good, is two-for-four on quality starts this season. He'd be three-for-four, if he'd just gotten one more out in his last outing, last Saturday against Texas, when he gave up just one run through 5 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits and three walks in a 4-1 LA victory. On the season Wilson has allowed nine earned runs and 30 base-runners through 26 innings. The Angels are 2-2 in Wilson's starts, with the totals leaning UNDER by a 3-1 margin.

Wilson last started against San Francisco three seasons ago, which in our books is a long time ago.


In the Pens
The Giants bullpen ranks ninth in the Majors with a 3.04 ERA, with six saves in seven chances, while the Angels pen ranks 12th with a 3.29 ERA, and nine saves in 12 chances.


Injury Update
LA “slugger” Albert Pujols tweaked a hamstring earlier this week, and is doubtful for Friday night, and perhaps beyond. San Francisco, meanwhile, is still playing without OF Hunter Pence.


Angels-Giants Game 1 Free Pick
LA is (probably) without its cleanup hitter, and Wilson might have a tender elbow. And Angels hitters have never faced Heston (during the regular season), which should give him an advantage for at least the first couple of times through the lineup. So we like the Giants to take Friday's series opener for our MLB picks. Also, the totals have leaned toward the UNDERS in games played at AT&T Park this season by a 7-3 margin.

Free MLB Picks: San Francisco -110 at WagerWeb and UNDER seven runs (-110) at Heritage