MLB Picks: Yankees vs. Angels Odds & Analysis

Joe Freda

Saturday, June 15, 2013 12:13 PM UTC

Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013 12:13 PM UTC

The Los Angeles Angels piled on three late runs to come away with Friday’s 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees, collecting as 157 home favorites.

Saturday’s rematch has a duel of right-handed starters slated, with Los Angeles’ Tommy Hanson (3-2, 4.12 ERA) opposing New York’s David Phelps (4-3, 3.90 ERA). 

Angels, Iannetta surge by Yankees 

Angels catcher Chris Iannetta drove in his squad’s go-ahead run in the sixth inning, finishing with a 2-for-3 night. Los Angeles’ Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick each poked one double, uniting to hit 5-for-8.

Yankees second baseman David Adams notched both of his side’s RBIs, while New York was edged out in hits, 13-6. Adams’ mate Robinson Cano left four men on base from the cleanup spot, while Brett Gardner and Jayson Nix both went 1-for-4 from the lineup’s top two spots.

Angels closer Ernesto Frieri logged his 15th save, giving up no hits in the final frame. The battle’s combined seven runs dipped below the ‘total’ of eight, moving the UNDER to 7-1 in New York’s first eight games of its present road trip.

Hanson goes five in slugfest

Hanson notched his first win in four starts with last Saturday’s 9-5 victory for Los Angeles as a 147 road dog over the Boston Red Sox. The Tulsa native gave up two runs over five innings, allowing one homer as part of seven hits.

Angels mates Mark Trumbo and Erick Aybar drove in two runs each, while outfielder Mike Trout poked two doubles from the leadoff spot. Los Angeles’ Josh Hamilton logged one of his side’s two errors, while the Angels’ lineup finished with 12 hits. 

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Phelps stays hot in Seattle 

Phelps came away with a no-decision in Sunday’s 2-1 triumph for New York against the Seattle Mariners, cashing as a 136 road dog. The second-year hurler held Seattle to three hits over six frames, giving up the club’s sole run. 

Yankees relievers David Robertson and Mariano Rivera notched their staff’s win and save, respectively, with Robertson tossing two strikeouts in the eighth frame. New York’s Chris Stewart brought in his side’s go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning, while Brett Gardner went 4-for-5 from the top of the order. 

Back the Yankees on Saturday 

Bet365 opened Hanson as 112 home chalk, while lifting the MLB odds to minus 117 after early action on Los Angeles. The ‘total’ was first listed at a flat 8 ½, with initial wagers on the UNDER adding a minus 125 premium to that side. 

I am backing Phelps and the Yankees as road dogs for my baseball pick in this situation, looking for Joe Girardi’s club to end its four-game losing streak and even up the series. 

Phelps has held foes to a .289 OBP on the road, while allowing just eight runs over his last 26 1/3 IP away from home. The 26-year-old has a solid history against some of the Angels’ key bats, including holding Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick to a combined 0-for-7 career mark. 

Hanson has not had consistency at home, giving up a sizable 1.70 WHIP over his four outings in Angel Stadium. The righty has surrendered three homers over the last two affairs of the span (11 1/3 IP), dropping both matchups as ‘chalk.’

New York’s Robinson Cano comes in hitting 7-for-17 in the Yankees’ present road trip, while having one homer as part of a 2-for-5 career mark against Hanson’s arm. Look for Cano and Co. to have the right matchup here for ending their slump and cashing a ticket at plus odds. 

MLB Pick: New York Yankees +107 at Bet365


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