Los Angeles is now 4-1 since the All-Star break after picking up a 10-2 blowout victory over the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium. The team is still just 7-9 this month (-280) after losing just nine games in June (18-9). Tuesday night’s win also pushed the Angels ahead in the season series, but the team has still dropped 10 of its last 13 games in New York. Manager Mike Scioscia’s club has not lost a season series to the Yankees since the 2003 season and the team is a combined 84-73 versus today’s opponent since the 1996 season. The Angels bullpen is doing its part during the month, posting a 2.67 ERA, after combining for a 4.97 mark in June. The starting rotation has compiled some very interesting numbers this season, producing a 2.25 ERA in the team’s 51 wins, while tallying a 7.26 ERA in 45 losses. The Angels are always dangerous in daytime games, posting an 18-13 record this season (+510).
Angels starting pitcher Joel Pineiro is 10-6 with a 3.95 ERA and has won seven straight decisions, posting a 2.51 ERA over that span. He is currently one win shy of a career-high win streak. Los Angeles has actually won eight straight with him on the mound, outscoring opponents by a 57-20 margin. The right-hander has tossed six innings-or-more in 10 straight and 17 of 19 starts this season. Pineiro will be making his 19th appearance, 11th start versus the Yankees, going 3-4 with a 3.66 ERA. Today will be his third start of the year against the Bronx Bombers, posting an even 1-1 mark and 4.85 ERA.
New York dropped the opening game of a two-game set against the Los Angeles Angels, 10-2, allowing double-digit runs for the fifth time this season and second time in their last three games. The Yankees are 3-1 this year after allowing 10 runs or more with the total going over in all four games. The club possesses the second-best home record in the American League at 30-15, behind only the Detroit Tigers (32-15). First baseman Mark Teixeira has turned his season around at the plate recently, reaching base safely in each of his last 36 games, which is the longest such streak by a Yankees player in 2010. New York is 11-4 this month (+440), the second-best record in the Majors in July behind the Chicago White Sox (12-4).
Yankees starting pitcher Javier Vazquez is making his 17th start, 18th appearance of the season, posting an even 7-7 mark and 4.45 ERA. The Angels are the only Major League team against which he does not have a victory, posting an 0-3 record and 4.38 ERA in six career starts. He has received an average of 3.9 runs per nine innings of run support this season, ranking 50th among 65 AL pitchers with 10-or-more starts. Vazquez has actually been the starter in three of the four games in which the Bronx Bombers have been blanked this season. He is 3-3 with a 4.29 ERA in seven home outings (six starts), but the offense has failed to score a run in his last two such outings.
Bettors will notice a wide disparity between the teams when playing a game with a total of 9 to 9.5. The Angels are an even 20-20 in such games this season (-400), while the Yankees are a dominating 28-16 (+400).