Two of the underachieving, yet surging teams in the American League are going to meet in MLB betting action on Wednesday night in the Big A, where the Los Angeles Angels are going to clash with the New York Yankees.
The Bronx Bombers are still mired in the middle of the AL East standings, but they are definitely heading in the right direction. Prior to this series, the Yanks had won five in a row, and they were well on their way towards the top of the division again. This has been a rough series, particularly for the pitchers, as there have been 14 runs conceded in the two losses. Ivan Nova will look to change all of that on Wednesday night. All this guy does is win. He is now 21-6 over the course of the last two seasons, though his 5-2 record this year looks more like luck and less like good pitching. Nova has a 5.46 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP, numbers which really look awful. However, if you take a bit of a closer look, batters are hitting .313 against him, which won’t keep up for the rest of the year, and he has allowed 12 homers, just one shy of what he gave up last year for the whole season. Nova has the ability to pitch better than this, as demonstrated by his seven innings of quality ball against the Oakland Athletics last time out.
It took the Halos some time, but they are finally back above .500 and feel like playoff contenders. Mike Trumbo, Mike Trout, and most importantly, Albert Pujols are starting to tear the cover off of the baseball, and the pitching is starting to come together as well in spite of the fact that Jered Weaver is now on the disabled list after leaving the first game of this series after facing just two batters. The numbers this year for Ervin Santana are certainly deceiving. He is 2-6 on the campaign with a 4.45 ERA, but he has pitched a ton better of late. He had a rough start to the campaign, losing his first six starts, but in his first four starts, he allowed a total of 20 runs. Since then in his last six starts, he has allowed just 13 runs. There were some great starts in there, but there has been some inconsistency as well. For example, in his most recent outing, Santana walked seven batters in just five frames, a game in which he allowed four runs. Two starts before that though, he fanned nine and walked three in 7.2 scoreless innings of work.
These Angels are just too hot right now to not back. They are well on their way to getting back towards the top of the AL West, and after eight straight wins, there is no reason not to get on their backs once again.
New York Yankees @ Los Angeles Angels Pick: Los Angeles Angels (-115)