San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Angels Matchup

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The San Francisco Giants will head east to Angel Stadium of Anaheim to face off against the Los Angeles Angels. Fox Sports West will be televising this interleague showdown and the opening pitch is scheduled for 10:07 p.m. ET.

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Angels Odds

Oddsmakers are listing San Francisco (+125) as the dog to Los Angeles (-135). Bettors can wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at +100 for over 8.5 runs and -120 for under 8.5. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds standing at -170 for the Giants +1.5 runs and +150 for the Angels -1.5.

The Angels are 13-6 SU and 11-7 ATS. The team’s gained 7.3 units for moneyline bettors and 5.8 units against the spread (ATS). Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Giants are 7-11 SU and have gone 11-6 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 0.7 units for moneyline bettors in this young season, but have gained 4.3 units ATS. San Franciscohas covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven.

Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 11-7 thus far in 2018. Giants games have gone under nine times, gone over eight times and pushed on zero instances.

Jeff Samardzija will get the nod for the visiting Giants. The right-handed Samardzija is 0-0 with an ERA. He has yet to face the Angels this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Angels will send lefty Andrew Heaney (0-0, 5.40 ERA) to the hill. Heaney has seven punchouts and one walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.60. Heaney did not record a start against the Giants in 2017.

As a unit, Los Angeles’ pitchers have given up 4.3 runs per game overall in 2018. The team’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.73, a WHIP of 1.38 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.0. The bullpen has a 3.28 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 8.5 K/9.

The Los Angeles hitters have put up 5.6 runs per contest, including 5.2 per game over its last 10 games and 2.6 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .213/.273/.314 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani have led the Angels’ offense this year. Trout is hitting .270/.382/.554 with six home runs, 13 RBIs and 15 runs scored, and Ohtani’s line is .324/.378/.676 with three homers, 11 RBIs and five runs scored.

Trout performed well against righties at home last year. Over 203 such plate appearances, he slashed .352/.468/.753 (compared to his total season line of .306/.442/.629).

In the other dugout, San Francisco’s pitching staff allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.44 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 7.25 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.59, along with a WHIP of 1.16.

The Giants offense has slashed .230/.290/.348 on its way to 2.8 runs scored per game this season, including 2.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 2.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

First baseman Brandon Belt and second baseman Joe Panik have led San Francisco’s offense. Belt is hitting .255/.361/.471 with 13 hits, seven RBIs and five runs scored, while Panik (.290/.362/.468) has produced 18 hits, three homers, four RBIs and eight runs scored.

Putting up a slash line of .223/.313/.400 across 147 plate appearances, Belt seemed to have some trouble hitting lefty pitching last year (compared to his total season slash line of .241/.355/.469).

The Giants have gained 0.4 units and are 8-4 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to five that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 6.0 units and are 9-5 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in nine of those games, compared to five which went under the total.

San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • San Francisco has recorded 16.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 14.4 over its last five.
  • The Giants have hit six home runs in their last 10 games, including five over their last five.