Baltimore Orioles vs. Los Angeles Angels Free Preview

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The Baltimore Orioles will face off against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will broadcast this AL matchup and the game gets going at 10:07 p.m. ET.

Baltimore Orioles at Los Angeles Angels Odds

The Orioles have gone just 8-22 SU this year and are 11-18 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 12.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline through the early portions of the season and 6.8 units ATS. The Angels, on the other hand, are 18-12 SU and 15-14 ATS. The team has gained 4.7 units for moneyline bettors and 1.4 units ATS.

Angels games have had an over/under record of 15-14 so far in 2018. The Orioles have an over/under record of 12-16-1.

Chris Tillman will get the nod for the visiting Orioles. The right-handed Tillman is 1-4 with a 7.03 ERA and 13 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Angels this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 6.75 ERA and two strikeouts across 5.1 innings).

The Angels will put the ball in the right hand of Jaime Barria (1-1, 3.86 ERA), who has four strikeouts and four walks this season as well as a 1.43 WHIP. Barria did not record any MLB pitching stats last season.

Los Angeles pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The clubs starters have a 4.70 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.54 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

The Los Angeles hitters have produced 4.8 runs per outing, including 3.6 per game over its last 10 games and 3.6 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .225/.292/.420 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Angels hitters have been led by right fielder Mike Trout and shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Trout is slashing .292/.433/.651 with 11 home runs, 19 RBIs, 23 runs and five steals, while the line for Simmons stands at .320/.387/.490 with three homers, 16 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

Trout seemed to enjoy hitting right-handed pitchers at home last season, slashing .352/.468/.753 across 203 such plate appearances (his total season line was .306/.442/.629).

In the visiting dugout, Baltimore’s pitching staff allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.39 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 7.80 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.37, along with a K/9 of 8.65.

The Orioles offense has slashed .224/.294/.374 on its way to 3.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.8 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.0 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

Manny Machado and Pedro Alvarez have led Baltimore’s hitters. Machado is slashing .353/.433/.664 with nine home runs, 25 RBIs and 15 runs scored, while Alvarez (.234/.347/.547) is up to six homers, 13 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

Compared to his overall season slash line of .260/.311/.473, Machado didn’t seem to enjoy hitting against righty pitching on the road last year, maintaining a slash line of .227/.264/.387 across 254 such plate appearances.

The Orioles have lost 8.6 units and are 7-12 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in seven of those games, as opposed to 12 that’ve hit the under against righties. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 4.5 units and are 12-10 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s cashed in 12 of those games, compared to 10 that’ve gone under.

Baltimore Orioles at Los Angeles Angels MLB Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Angels, ATS Winner – Orioles, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in five of Los Angeles last seven games.
  • The Orioles have lost three of their last four games SU.
  • Los Angeles has posted 16.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 18.8 over its last five.
  • The Orioles have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.