Los Angeles Angels vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Los Angeles Angels and the Arizona Diamondbacks meet of Friday for game one of their series in Anaheim. The Angels are -150 favorites over the Diamondbacks with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Los Angeles Angels sleep walked through the first quarter of the season but they have awoken and have emerged as a contender. The Angels are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 16-14 at home thus far, and they are three games back in the A.L. West. As a team the Angels are hitting .259 with Mike Trout hitting .341, mark Trumbo hitting .328, and Albert Pujols hitting .264. The Angels pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.55 with the starters at 3.59 and the bullpen at 3.46. For game one against the D-Backs Los Angeles starts Dan Haren who has won three of his last four starts. For the season Haren has allowed 89 hits and 34 earned runs while striking out 72 over 82 innings of work for a 3.73 ERA.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are a tough team to figure out as sometimes they look like the team that won their division last year and at other times they don’t look like they can beat anyone. The Diamondbacks are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 16-16 on the road this year, and they are 8.5 games back in their division standings. As a team the Diamondbacks are hitting .259 with Willie Bloomquist hitting .296, Jason Kubel at .287, and Paul Goldschmidt at .282. As a team the Diamondbacks pitching staff has an ERA of 4.02 with the starters at 4.08 and the bullpen at 3.88. For game one at Los Angeles Arizona starts Trevor Cahill who has won his last two starts. For the season Cahill has allowed 68 hits and 29 earned runs while striking out 54 over 77.2 innings of work for a 3.36 ERA.
Los Angeles is 6-1 in their last seven interleague games, 16-5 in their last 21 games overall, and 1-7 in Haren’s last eight home starts. Arizona is 6-2 in their last eight games overall, 1-6 in their last seven game one of a series, and 1-4 in Cahill’s last five starts against a team with a winning record. Arizona is 1-5 in the last six meetings of these two.
I like the Angels to win here but at this price and against Cahill it just doesn’t add up to much value.
Los Angeles Angels -150 Arizona Diamondbacks