The Los Angeles Angels (48-40) and New York Yankees (54-33) will close out a three-game American League series on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 ET
Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees
Los Angeles hasn’t received a quality start from someone other than Sunday’s pitcher since June 24, which was suppose to be a strength of the team coming into the 2012 MLB season. The four pitchers other than Weaver have compiled a 10.40 ERA in that span, which has the clubhouse thinking about an acquisition before the upcoming Trade Deadline. “Probably us and 29 other clubs,” stated Angels manager Mike Scioscia about the situation. Offensively, outfielder Mark Trumbo is the player to watch in the series finale, going 6-for-10 with a pair of home runs in his career against this afternoon’s opposing starter. Los Angeles is 7-7 when playing on Sunday this year.
Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (10-1, 1.96 ERA) has won his last five decisions, while the club has won his last seven outings overall. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 3.24 ERA in eight road starts this year, issuing 17 walks and striking out 35 batters in 50 frames. In 10 career games versus the Yankees, Weaver has tallied a 5-2 record and 4.79 ERA, including an 0-1 mark and 6.08 ERA in this ballpark.
New York continues to win hitting the long ball, posting a 30-15 record in its last 45 games, as it leads the majors in home runs this year. “This is a team that always hits a lot of home runs,” stated Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. He has been a major force in the lineup of late, batting .391 with six home runs and 19 RBIs during a current 17-game hit streak. New York is 18-8 in day games, and the “under” is 18-8 in that situation.
Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (10-3, 3.92 ERA) earned his first victory since June 17 last time out, allowing two runs (one earned) and six hits over six frames in a 7-3 road win over the Boston Red Sox. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 4.70 ERA in seven home outings, surrendering eight home runs in 46 frames. In four career games versus the Angels, Nova has tallied a 3-1 record and 5.11 ERA, including a 6-5 road win on May 30.
Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, with the “over” going 10-1 in the Angels last 11 games with a number of 9.0 to 10.5, while both teams have climbed above the total in seven of the last 10 meetings.
Pick: Over 9
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