MLB- (7:05 ET, XM 176) L.A. Angels at N.Y. Yankees

MLB- (7:05 ET, XM 176) L.A. Angels at N.Y. Yankees

Overview: New York finally spawned some good news winning the series over rival Boston,


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Overview: New York finally spawned some good news winning the series over rival Boston, taking two of three games. This gives them a good feeling as they host West Division leader Los Angeles in a three game set. The Yankees are still scoring runs, ranked third in major league baseball at 5.4 a game. At Yankee Stadium, the number of runs scored spikes to 5.9 RPG. New York's starting pitching problems have been well documented as they dipped into the farm system to help stem the tide. The bullpen has been a big bugaboo with 4.13 earned run average and 87 walks in 159 innings. Los Angeles was blasted 12-0 on Thursday to lose the series in Detroit. The Angels are still playing good baseball with 11-5 record since May 9. The offense tends to run hot and cold especially on the road, where they are 11-14, -3.5 units. The teams are 6-6 in the Bronx over the last two years, including the postseason.

Why Angels cover This season has been different, but Los Angeles is one of the few teams in the American League that does not fear the Yankees and are not intimidated by Yankee Stadium. In the series opener having Jered Weaver helps. The 6'7 24-year old right-hander has found his rhythm after starting the year on the DL. He is 3-1 (Angels 4-1) in his last five starts, never allowing more than three runs. His command is that of a much older pitcher, in moving the ball around in the strike zone and changing speeds fluidly. With the total set at 9.5, Weaver is 10-1 against the money line when the total is 9 to 9.5 over the last two seasons. (Halos Record) Throw in the fact New York is 0-7 when playing on Friday this season; this creates excellent potential for L.A. win.

Why Yankees cover New York turns to young string bean Tyler Clippard to stop the Los Angeles line-up. The right-handed got the nod over Matt DeSalvo from manager Joe Torre, who was impressed the team in his major league debut against the Mets last Sunday, giving up three hits and one run over six innings while picking up the win. Clippard throws in the low 90's and has deceptive delivery. The 22-year old can keep the Angels batter off stride with pitches. The Yankees are 23-8 against the ML at home when the number is in the -100 to -150 range over the last two seasons. Los Angeles is a meager 2-8 as a road underdog this year. Line New York -110, Un9.5

Top Totals Trends Yankees are 17-4 UNDER in home games after a game where they had six or more extra base hits. Angels are 9-1 UNDER vs. teams who strand 7.5 or more runners on base per game this season.

Pick- Because of the Yanks Clippard on the mound, he is the great unknown in this contest. He appears to have sticking power to stay with the club and could give the Halos hitters a rough time twice through the line-up. Weaver has a 1.83 ERA in his last three trips up the hill and is tough customer himself. With Los Angeles averaging less than four runs a game on the road and the Yankees 17-6 UNDER in home games against AL West opponents, play the Under in the series opener.

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