In the second of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (58-50) and the Baltimore Orioles (55-53) at Angel Stadium, Garrett Richards (11-8, 3.46 ERA) and Ubaldo Jimenez (8-7, 4.04 ERA) get the ball. The Angels won the last game 8-4 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 8 and will air on MAS2 and FSW.
In his last start, Richards pitched 7.1 innings, allowing four runs, striking out 11 and walking three in a 5-4 victory over the Indians. Mike Trout (.306, 78 Rs, 33 HRs, 69 RBIs, 10 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Orioles were unsuccessful to the Tigers 6-1 the last time Jimenez pitched. He went 4.2 innings, giving up six runs, striking out two and walking one. Manny Machado (.294, 68 Rs, 23 HRs, 56 RBIs, 15 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 3 for 5 yesterday.
Los Angeles, a -130 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Baltimore. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. The Angels perform well as a favorite with a 40-24 record and have an overall money line of +161. They have done well as the favorite (3-1), but performed poorly SU (3-7) over their last 10 games. The Angels are a dangerous hitting team with 283 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Angels lead the AL in home ERA with a 3.01 team average. The Angels are the best in the AL in hits allowed at home, giving up just 7.6 per game. An area where the Angels are particularly strong at home is striking batters out, where they average 8.2 K's per home game.
Switching gears, the Orioles come into this game with a win percentage of .447 when playing as the underdog (21-26) and an overall money line of -16. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 7-3 SU and have an unblemished 1-0 record when they were an underdog to win. The Orioles are known for their power, smashing 137 home runs. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have the fifth-lowest road ERA in the AL at 3.97. They also average just 8.1 hits allowed per road game, third-best in the AL.
The Angels are 3-1 against the Orioles this season. The Angels will take on a right-hander (Jimenez) in this game and have a 41-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Orioles will be the right-hander Richards. They sport a 40-42 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
Baltimore has won 58% (22-16) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 64% (28-16) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Orioles managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Angels who are heading in with a 24-10 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 40-11. The Angels have a 43-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 455 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 475.
Ranking 26th, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 264 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 299.
When the Angels hit at least one home run, they are 46-26, well-matched with the Orioles who are 48-28 when hitting one or more homers.