Pick Home Favorite Angels 1st 5 Over Yankees

Jeff Grant

Monday, May 5, 2014 2:17 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Angels lead the league in first-inning runs, which provides them a major edge in the early going against the New York Yankees Monday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines for this American League showdown at Angel Stadium.

Trouble in So Cal
New York was unable to end its eight-game homestand with a .500 record, as it dropped a 5-1 decision to the Tampa Bay Rays as -137 favorites Sunday, while going 'under' the betting total of 9.

The Bronx Bombers have gone 9-18 in their last 27 road games against the Halos, while failing to win a season series at this venue since 2004.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise has gone 30-30 in May, with the 'under' going 37-21-2 in that situation.


Scoring first
Los Angeles has split its first 30 games of the 2014 campaign, but it’s important to point out that the team leads all of baseball with 29 runs scored in the opening frame.

The Angels dropped two of three games against the Yankees in the Bronx last month, but they managed to score 18 total runs in that series.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 2-2 as home favorites of -150 to -175 in the early going this year.


Phelps
David Phelps (0-0, 3.86 ERA) has made nine relief appearances this season, as he prepares to make his 24th career start as a member of the Bronx Bombers.

The right-hander has not appeared in a game since April 23, while the squad has proven victorious in 11 of his last 15 games in a starting role.

In three lifetime appearances (one start) versus the Angels, Phelps has gone 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA.


Weaver
Angels' starting pitcher Jered Weaver (2-2, 4.00 ERA) is looking to build on a 6-4 home win over the Cleveland Indians last time out, as he surrendered two runs and eight hits over 5.1 innings of work.

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 4.42 ERA in three home outings, with opposing hitters batting .254 against him.

In 13 career efforts versus the Yankees, Weaver has tallied a 6-4 record and 5.93 ERA, including an 0-2 mark and 11.45 ERA in two outings in 2013.


Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Angels in the first five innings as one of their MLB picks, as the Yankees have gone 5-11 in their last 16 games as underdogs.

Free MLB Pick: Los Angeles Angels -150 First Five Innings

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