MLB Picks: Mariners vs. Angels Series Betting Guide

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:16 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 21, 2013 1:16 PM UTC

A short 2-game series in Anaheim between the Angels and Mariners begins Tuesday, and SBR is on hand to provide previews and free MLB picks for each contest.

<p>It was at the 44-game mark last season that the Los Angeles Angels really started to turn their slow start around. Granted, the club still fell well short of expectations and missed the playoffs, and if they don't kick it into high gear from this point on, it will very likely cost manager Mike Scioscia his job.</p> <p> </p> <div class="update"> <div class="date"><span class="day">22</span><span class="month">May</span></div> <div class="title"> <h5>Wednesday's Game Two</h5> <p>By: Willie Bee</p> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p>You have to learn to walk before you can run, and maybe that's what the Los Angeles Angels are going through right now after posting their third consecutive win in a rout of the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.</p> <p><img style="font-size:1em;" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" src="" />The Halos will shoot for their first 4-game win streak of the campaign on Wednesday when this mini series comes to an end with a late afternoon clash in <st1:city>Anaheim</st1:city>. The four o'clock local start (7 PM ET) begins with Brandon Maurer on the mound for Seattle and CJ Wilson going for the Angels.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>Chalk is heavy on the Angels, as the <a target="_blank" title="Live MLB Odds &amp; Baseball Betting Lines" href="/betting-odds/mlb-baseball/">MLB odds</a> are now going for anywhere from the -170s up to -190 for this matchup. Totals bettors have a choice between 8 runs priced to the high side or 8.5 priced to the low.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>Mike Trout and Jerome Williams did the heavy lifting for LA in a 12-0 Game 1 laugher. Trout hit for the cycle, the youngest <st1:state>AL</st1:state> player to ever do so, and drove home five runs while Williams worked the first eight scoreless innings for the Angels. The setback was <st1:city>Seattle</st1:city>'s fifth straight.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>The Mariners are 2-6 with Maurer on the hill, but one of those wins came against the Angels when the clubs met in <st1:city>Seattle</st1:city> about a month ago. It was without a doubt the best outing in the rookie's career, keeping the Angels off the scoreboard while working into the seventh of a 7-0 triumph. Like his counterpart in this tilt, Maurer will be out to stop a string of three straight Mariners losses when he takes the mound.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>I mentioned yesterday that <a target="_blank" title="Which Pitchers are making us money now?" href="/mlb-baseball/free-picks/mlb-betting-pitchers-making-us-money-now-a-31286/">poor pitching</a> deserves the lion's share of the Angels' rough season to date, but <st1:place>Wilson</st1:place> hasn't been among the guilty parties. Offense and defense are behind his current 3-game losing streak, and coupled with the bullpen blowing a lead in one of <st1:place>Wilson</st1:place>'s earlier assignments, he could easily be 8-1 up this point.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>As it is, the Angels are 4-5 when Wilson takes the mound in 2013, but 4-0 in his starts vs. the Mariners since coming to Anaheim a year ago (3.52 ERA).</p> <p>Vic Carapazza, now in just his third full season as a major league ump, is scheduled to work the plate this afternoon in <st1:place>Anaheim</st1:place>. His previous nine dish assignments have split 4-4-1 O/U/P on the totals board. He'll be behind the mask under partly cloudy skies with a 10-12 mph breeze from the SW (out to left-center).</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">Though they've come out on the short end more times than not with </span><st1:city style="font-size:1em;">Wilson</st1:city><span style="font-size:1em;"> on the bump, I'm going to back the Angels today and reduce some of that moneyline by playing this one on the run line. You also don't want to miss </span><a style="font-size:1em;" href="/mlb-baseball/free-picks/mlb-picks-yankees-vs-orioles-series-coverage-a-31438/">the preview and pick for the series finale between the Yankees and Orioles</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> in </span><st1:place style="font-size:1em;">Baltimore</st1:place><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <b>My pick:</b> Angels -1.5 (+115) <p> </p> <div class="update"> <div class="date"><span class="day">21</span><span class="month">May</span></div> <div class="title"> <h5>Tuesday's Series Opener</h5> <p>By: Willie Bee</p> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p>The good news is the Halos are on a little mini 2-game win streak as they prepare for a short 2-game series with the skidding Seattle Mariners. The second meeting between the division foes gets underway Tuesday in <st1:city>Anaheim</st1:city> where the Angels send Jerome Williams to the mound opposite <st1:city>Seattle</st1:city>'s Aaron Harang.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>MLB odds opened with LA in the -150 to -160 span, and they remain there Tuesday morning. An 8.5 run total is priced a little higher to the OVER at some <a href="" title="Top Online MLB Betting Sportsbooks" target="_blank">online baseball betting outlets</a>.</p> <p>[gameodds]3/227387/43/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">The first meeting this season between the Angels and Mariners was played in </span><st1:place style="font-size:1em;">Seattle</st1:place><span style="font-size:1em;">, with three of the four going to the home team.</span> <span style="font-size:1em;">The UNDER also cashed three times in that series.</span><st1:city style="font-size:1em;"> Seattle</st1:city><span style="font-size:1em;"> also won five of the nine played last season in </span><st1:city style="font-size:1em;">Anaheim</st1:city><span style="font-size:1em;"> where six of the contests jumped the total, along with a push.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p><b>Pitching Woes Continue To Plague Halos</b></p> <p>Offseason conversations regarding the Angels focused on offense, and why not? The addition of Josh Hamilton to a lineup that already had Albert Pujols and Mike Trout seemed destined for greatness, something which has yet to materialize with the team 10th in scoring (4.30 RPG), below average in home runs and near the bottom of the <st1:state>AL</st1:state> stack in steals.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>But while the offense has disappointed and assisted in the Angels being the biggest money-burner on the baseball betting front (-15.9 units), it would take a record-setting lineup to push enough runs across the plate in support of this pitching staff. Angels hurlers rank 28th in the majors with a 4.77 ERA and have issued an alarming 165 walks in 44 games, 12 of them intentional. To be fair, it is a staff that has been without its ace for about six weeks. Still, the absence of Jered Weaver, who is expected back in the rotation soon, can't be blamed too much for the 17-27 record.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>Williams has looked pretty good his last two starts which split on the team's W-L ledger. He has a pretty good track record vs. <st1:city>Seattle</st1:city>, and has surrendered just two runs against the M's over the last 15.2 innings.</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em;">Mariners Reach <st1:city>Anaheim</st1:city> After Being Broomed In <st1:place><st1:city>Cleveland</st1:city></st1:place></b></p> <p><st1:city>Seattle</st1:city> started this 9-game road trip by <a href="/mlb-baseball/free-picks/free-mlb-picks-mariners-vs-yankees-three-game-series-a-31334/">taking two of three from the Yankees last week</a>, but that euphoria disappeared after being swept four straight in <st1:city>Cleveland</st1:city>. You might think the Mariners should own a better mark than 20-25 with their 53 homers among the MLB leaders and a pitching staff that ranks in the middle of the <st1:state>AL</st1:state> pack with a 4.06 ERA.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">But those home runs haven't translated into a lot of scoring, and the mound corps has been equally vulnerable in serving up long balls.</span><st1:city style="font-size:1em;">Seattle</st1:city><span style="font-size:1em;"> sits at the bottom of the </span><st1:state style="font-size:1em;">AL</st1:state><span style="font-size:1em;"> plating just 3.7 runs per game, and </span><st1:city style="font-size:1em;">Houston</st1:city><span style="font-size:1em;">'s beleaguered staff is the only team in the league allowing more homers.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>Harang hasn't pitched in two weeks after some lower back pain kept him on the shelf. The Mariners are 1-4 in his five starts since joining the team in mid-April, and his shortest outing of the five came against these Angels (3 IP, 5 ER, 2 HR).<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>Dry and clear is the forecast the next two days in <st1:city>Anaheim</st1:city> where the temps should be in the upper-60s for most of this game with a light breeze out of the south (out to LF).</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">Playing it more as a fade of the Mariners instead of banking on the Angels, I'll follow the home team tonight.</span> <span style="font-size:1em;">Another series we're covering this week is the Orioles and Yankees in Baltimore</span><span style="font-size:1em;">, so make sure and skip over to that preview and free MLB pick before you get away.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <b>My pick:</b> <a href=";book=bet365inarticle" title="Bet with Bet365" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Angels -155 at Bet365</a>
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