Which of these starting pitchers will be able to build off the momentum established from their 2015 MLB debuts last Wednesday? Here we cover that & much more in this betting preview article.
Yankees Road Trip continues in Anaheim
The Angels and Yankees will play in the second of a three game series tonight in Anaheim with the first pitch slated for 10:05 PM ET. The Angels took the opening game of the series 4-1, and the home team has now won all four games played between these teams this season.
Both starting pitchers for tonight’s game will be making just their second starts of the year. However, each hurler has taken a different path to reach this point.
The Yankees Ivan Nova has just returned from Tommy John surgery. He was sidelined since April of 2014 when he blew out his elbow. Nova made three minor league rehab starts before making his 2015 Yankees debut last Wednesday. I don’t think that either he or the Yankees organization could’ve have hoped for a better performance. In that outing at Yankee Stadium, Nova allowed no earned runs, gave up 3 hits, and walked two in 6 2/3 innings during a 10-2 win over Philadelphia.
The Angels 24-year old southpaw Andrew Heaney gets the nod for the Angels on Tuesday. Heaney turned in a stellar start in his return to the majors last Wednesday. He allowed 1 earned run, gave up just 4 hits, and struck out 5 while walking just 1 in 6.0 innings during an Angels 2-1 win over Houston Astros. Heaney made fifteen starts in the minors this season, and had a less than impressive 4.48 ERA in addition to a 1.48 WHIP. He was given every opportunity to make the club during spring training but squandered the chance. Heaney posted a large 7.03 ERA in six Cactus League starts. The youngster was 0-3 in five starts for Miami in 2014, and posted a lofty 5.83 ERA.
The Yankees have gone 4-1 under the total in their previous five games, scored a total of only 14 runs during that time, and 9 of those came on Saturday at Houston. In their last seven road games, “The Bronx Bombers” are averaging a paltry 2.4 runs per outing, and have a dismal team batting average of .197.
The Angels have gone under the total during their previous five games. They’re also 8-1 under the total in the last nine, and 11-2 under in their previous thirteen games. The Angels pitching staff has held opponents to only a .228 team batting average during their 41 games at home this season.
Both managers will be cautious with their starting pitchers tonight. Both bullpens have been very good this season, and each is more than capable of picking up the slack if they’re required to do so. I like this game to be a low scoring affair for one of my MLB picks on Tuesday. Heritage provides me with the best value in that regard.
MLB Pick: Play on the Yankees and Angels under 8.0 (-105) at Heritage