The San Francisco Giants (38-30) and Los Angeles Angels (36-32) will continue a three-game interleague series on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 ET
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Angels
San Francisco came away with a 5-3 road win in the series opener against Los Angeles, moving within 4.5 games of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West standings. The Giants have been getting some solid production out of first baseman Brandon Belt at the plate, hitting .455 with three home runs over a current seven-game hit streak. The club is now 14-9 all-time against the Angels during the regular season, including a 6-3 mark at this ball park. San Francisco is 15-7 versus left-handed starters this year.
Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito (5-4, 3.61 ERA) has suffered back-to-back losses for the first time during the 2012 campaign, including a 6-3 home setback to the Houston Astros last time out. He allowed a season-high five earned runs and five hits over five frames in the effort. The left-hander has produced an even 2-2 record and 3.34 ERA in six road outings, with opposing hitters batting .233 against him. In 29 career games versus the Angels, Zito is 12-10 with a 3.82 ERA, including a 6-4 mark and 2.29 ERA in 12 outings at this ball park.
Los Angeles came into Monday as one of the hottest teams in baseball, winning seven of nine games, but managed to go just 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position, snapping its mini two-game win streak. The Angels are still 18-7 since May 22, which is the second-best mark in baseball behind the New York Yankees (20-4). The club also leads all of baseball with a 70-33 interleague mark since the start of the 2007 campaign. Los Angeles is 0-4 as a home favorite of -175 to -200 this season.
Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (7-4, 2.30 ERA) has led the club to five consecutive victories, including a 2-1 road win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in his latest effort. He allowed just one run and four hits over seven frames in that contest, but also managed to issue five walks. The left-hander is 2-2 with a 2.61 ERA in five home outings, surrendering just a single home run in 31 combined frames, while opponents are hitting .200 against him. Wilson will match up with the Giants for the first time in his career.
Bettors will likely back the Angels due to their 4-0 mark in Wilson’s last four starts as a favorite, while the Giants are 4-12 in Zito’s last 16 starts as a road underdog.
Pick: Los Angeles Angels -200
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