MLB Picks: Home Field Advantage Won't be Enough for Giants to Beat Angels -102 Tonight

Swinging Johnson

Saturday, May 2, 2015 12:40 PM GMT

The Giants won the first of a three-game set against the Angels by edging Los Angeles 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth last night but which of these teams should we include for our picks?

Los Angeles Angels (11-12, -2.8 units)
Hector Santiago (2.28, 2-1) gets the assignment for the Angels this afternoon who came into this series with a modest two-game winning streak but dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to the Giants last night. The Angels will need to get more clutch hitting if they are to get back on the winning track. Last night they were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and that lack of timely hitting cost them what would have been a relatively easy victory.

Santiago has been pitching very well for the Angels this season but his last start was perhaps his most challenging outing of the young season. Although he allowed only one earned run against the Rangers he didn't make it out of the sixth inning and ended his night by walking six, which matched his season total from his previous three starts, and tossed a season-high 109 pitches before the plug was pulled in what would eventually be a 5-4 defeat in 11 innings.

                                                                              

San Francisco Giants (10-13, -3.6 units)
The Giants got the best of the pitching duel last night as pinch hitter Joe Panik drove a game winning single up the middle off Angels' set-up man Joe Smith in the bottom of the ninth with two men out. The Giants have been alternating wins and losses for seven consecutive games and if the pattern holds true to form then San Francisco will not be leaving their home crowd happy this afternoon after last night's victory.

Tim Hudson (0-2, 3.91 ERA) takes the mound for the Giants today and the veteran is coming off a no decision against the Rockies where he pitched seven innings, surrendering eight hits on three earned runs in a 5-4 victory over Colorado where the Giants closed as +125 underdogs in MLB odds. Hudson is no stranger to facing the Angels as his 25 previous appearances against them will attest but this is his first in a Giants uniform. The four-time All-Star has handled his business quite efficiently when meeting Los Angeles recording a 13-7 mark and a 3.85 ERA. But any success Hudson has this afternoon will have to be bolstered by an offense that has been among the very worst thus far this season. Though the club is hitting at a pedestrian .246 (14th) clip they have plated only 69 runs which places them 28th of 30 teams.

 

MLB Pick
The MLB odds being offered in this one are a virtual coin flip. Though the Giants have home field advantage they are anemic offensively and will be up against a pitcher in Hector Santiago whom they have never seen. Santiago is 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA in his last three starts and that spells nothing but disaster for a San Francisco lineup that is having difficulty putting up crooked numbers this year.

Meanwhile, 39-year-old Tim Hudson is winless through his first four starts this season which is something that has never happened in his 17-year MLB career. Hudson has also been a disaster in his last seven appearances when pitching in the Golden Gate City registering a 6.18 ERA in nine starts and losing his last seven consecutive decisions.

In my estimation the Angels have the better lineup, though it must be noted that Albert Pujols is questionable for today's game with a hamstring pull, and the better starting pitcher. The MLB odds on this one give us plenty of betting value on Los Angeles, so back them as your MLB picks..

MLB Pick: Angels -102 at GTBets

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