Los Angles Angels (1-2) at Texas Rangers (3-1)
Last year, superstar Albert Pujols, came over to the Angels and in the beginning of the season he couldn’t buy a hit or homer. This season, Josh Hamilton has come over to the Angels from the Rangers and is following the same path as Pujols. To make things worse, Pujols isn’t hitting again!
The Pujols- Hamilton combination is batting 2 for 30 with Hamilton striking out 50% of his at bats. To make things even worse, Mike Trout is in a sophomore slump. He’s batting just .263 with 1 RBI and has struck out 33% of the time himself. We all know that Los Angeles will turn this around, but the question is when?
The Angels send a very capable pitcher in Tommy Hanson to the mound. Hanson didn’t have his best season with Atlanta last year, but this is a pitcher with a career 3.61 ERA and has done a solid job for Atlanta in the past.
Hanson faces left hander Matt Harrison (0-1, 7.94). Harrison has had a couple of outstanding seasons for the Rangers the past couple of years, but got shelled in his first outing of the season by the Houston Astros all of teams. Harrison hasn’t had great success against the Angels for his career. He’s 3-4 with a 4.71 ERA in 7 starts and 12 games overall.
We all know that Texas is a hard hitting club even without Hamilton. Nelson Cruz is a prime example of what Texas has to offer. He’s hitting .563 with 3 RBI in his first 4 games, hitting safely in all games this season.
After all of the information that I’ve provided you, the Angels are just a +117 MLB Odds underdg with the total at 10. The reason being is that the Angels roster is loaded and they just haven’t hit yet.
I like the Angels to turn it around tonight. Although Harrison is good pitcher, his confidence has to be rattled after losing to the lowly Astros.
Pick – Angels +117 at 5 Dimes for you MLB Picks.
Kansas City Royals (2-2) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-3)
After crushing everyone in Spring Training, we get to see the real Kansas City Royals and they’re not having the same success that they had in the preseason.
As for the Phillies, this year is a measuring stick to see if the level of their play has dropped and last year wasn’t just a fluke. Thus far, Philadelphia hasn’t responded.
Tonight, John Lannan takes the mound and this is a pitcher that can be unhittable at times and other times be an ordinary pitcher. He’s a career 42-52 with a 4.01. We give him a pass to a point because he played for the Nats when they were a lousy team.
Basically, you don’t know what you’re going to get out of Lannan; could be a shutout and could be 6 runs allowed.
Kansas City sends veteran Luis Mendoza to the mound. Mendoza is nothing to write home about and we may see a lot of runs scored here.
Kansas City comes into this game have beaten the Phillies 13-4 yesterday. Chas Utley has gotten off to a great start for the Fightin Phils, but the rest of his team hasn’t and the Phillies bullpen will be exhausted coming into this game after frequent substitutions and getting bashed around. If Lannan pitches poorly, he might be forced to stay in the game a bit longer than normal.
For the Royals, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Alex Gordon are all coming off of 3 plus hit games while Alcides Escobar had 2 hits including a home run yesterday. The Royals have all of the momentum.
Although they have all of the momentum, it will take time to earn my trust, especially with the starting pitching that they’re bringing out to the mound.
The betting total is definitely reasonable at 8 runs. The pitching is poor and there’s capable hitters. Look for this game to go OVER the total.
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