ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Pick: Texas @ Los Angeles
- Updated: July 22, 2012
Starting Pitchers: Haren (Angels) vs. Harrison (Rangers)
Date/Time: July 22nd, 8:05 P.M. EST
MLB Odds from Bookmaker
Moneyline: Moneyline: Angels -105 Rangers -105
Total: 8 (Over -110)
Teams that are hoping to get into the playoffs in the American League are going to battle it out in MLB betting action on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball when the Los Angeles Angels hope to take a game from the AL West leaders, the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers are really walking away from the rest of the AL West at this point, as they hold a six-game lead with a chance to open things up further on Sunday night. The team is well its way to the postseason once again, and it could end up being in the World Series for the third straight year. Coming off of a complete game shutout, his second of the season, Matt Harrison is going to hope to pick up another ‘W’ to end the week. Harrison is now 12-4 on the campaign, and it really takes a lot to beat him. Over the course of his last 10 starts, Harrison has allowed no more than three runs in any of the game, and he has two shutouts with an 8-1 record to boot. For the year, Harrison really has flourished, as he has a 2.87 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in what clearly amounts to be the best year of his career. The bats are getting the job done as well, and with that type of consistency, it’s going to be tough to go against Texas.
It’s not like the Halos have had a bad year. They are still in the playoff hunt right now, but they are in a huge chase for the two Wild Card slots, but they really need to get on their horse if they want to get back in the AL West race. In years past, Dan Haren has been a heck of a pitcher for the Angels. He won 16 games a campaign ago, and he had a 3.17 ERA. He was off to a decent start this year, but from the outset of June, he really started to crumble. The righty has posted a very lousy 7.96 ERA since the start of June, and the team put him on the disabled list for two weeks. This is his first game since coming off of the DL, and he hopes to get control of his season once again. We are a bit concerned about Haren’s control right now as well. He walked just 33 batters last year and allowed 20 home runs. This year, in half the starts, he has allowed 16 dingers and 24 walks.
We just can’t support Haren right now. The Rangers are playing like the best team in baseball, and that’s definitely something that’s too notable to pass up. Perhaps last year, we would want to back Haren in this spot, but until he proves that he is good enough to pitch against some of the best teams in the league, he is going to be too tough to back. Texas 6 Los Angeles 3