The Rockies have the worst pitching in the league, with an OPS of .800. Meanwhile the Angels are flying high with their pace, and everything points at LA making a sweep against the Rockies.
LA Angels (Shoemaker) vs. Colorado Rockies (Rusin) 8:40 ET
The Angels and Rockies match up in game 2 of this early week set with LAA looking for the sweep. Last night, the Angels continued their torrid pace with a 10-2 victory against the outmanned Rockies’ pitching staff. Look for more of the same tonight, as the Angels have dominated this series and are playing with great offensive momentum against a Colorado team who has struggled both of late, as well as in Interleague play.
The Rockies have shown signs of their usual offensive prowess in spurts this season. But, their recent 8-19 slide has dropped them to 35-48 with the 4th worst record in MLB. Their 17-23 home record is little better. Their rotation is again getting torched with a 5.11 ERA and they are the worst team in Interleague play in MLB with a record of 3-21, including 1-9 this season. Against the hot bats of the Angels, Rusin won’t last long. He has a 1.61 WHIP for the year with a .350 BAA in his most recent 5 starts.
With last night’s 10-2 victory, the Angels have won 8 consecutive games against the Rockies.They are also 10-2 at this site, averaging 8 RPG with 30 HRs. If their current form continues, those numbers will be easy to match. The Angels are now on a 9-2 run, but remain motivated as they trail Houston by 2.5 games for the divisional lead. In 4 consecutive recent wins, the Angels have pounded out 43 runs and 8 HRs. The Angels have backed Shoemaker in 7 road starts, where they have a 6-1 record. Shoemaker has helped his cause on the road with a 1.16 road WHIP.
As hot as the Angels have been, we must seriously consider them on the run line. In 20 road victories for LAA, 17 of them (85%) have come by 2 or more runs.
This is a game that clearly features two teams going in opposite directions. The Angels have totally dominated the Rockies in their recent series and are totally crushing the ball right now. The Rockies are struggling, as is their starter today, Rusin, and their pitching is the worst in MLB with a .800 OPS. In a game that could be decided by the end of the first inning, we are eager to lay the runs and take the money in this total momentum mismatch.
MLB Pick: Take LAA -1.5 (+125) at BetOnline