Ricky Nolasco (4-10, 5.13 ERA) and Luis Cessa (2-0, 5.30 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (51-71) and the New York Yankees (62-59) at Angel Stadium. The Yankees won the last game 7-0, and New York leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:35 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 20 and can be seen on FSW and WPIX.
Nolasco pitched 5.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking three in a 3-2 defeat to the Mariners. Mike Trout (.310, 94 Rs, 23 HRs, 77 RBIs, 20 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4. Cessa went 3.0 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out two and walking one in a 12-3 defeat to the Rays in his last outing. Didi Gregorius (.285, 52 Rs, 17 HRs, 56 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Los Angeles is a -122 favorite against New York and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Angels have an overall money line of -2,064 and a record as the favorite of 26-23. The Angels have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.1 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.5 runs per game. Los Angeles's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.4 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.8.
As for their opponent, New York is coming in with an overall money line of -169 and a disappointing record of 21-33 as the underdog. New York is excellent at making contact with just 7.2 strikeouts per game, ranking fourth in the AL. When it comes to issuing walks, the Yankees have the fewest in the AL with only 2.6 walks allowed per game.
The Yankees lead the season series, 5-0. The Angels have a 35-54 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Cessa takes the mound. Nolasco (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 45-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
NY Yankees are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Yankees's last 7 games.
NY Yankees are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Yankees's last 9 games when playing LA Angels.
NY Yankees are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Angels.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Yankees's last 7 games when playing on the road against LA Angels.
NY Yankees are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Angels.
LA Angels are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against NY Yankees.
When leading after seven innings, New York is 34-29, while Los Angeles is 21-32.
The Yankees are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Angels have a 4-25 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 41-11. The Yankees have a 47-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, New York has earned 505 this season. Los Angeles ranks 16th with 547 runs.
Ranking 25th, New York is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 341 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 358.
The Angels are 37-38 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Yankees are 45-32 when they hit at least one homer.