Before I get into the preview for this game can I just rant a little, please? How did I lose my last prediction? HOW!? The Indians were up four runs going into the ninth inning, and then promptly give up five runs. How do they let that happen while playing at home? I love sports, but sometimes they make me want to rip my hair out.
Now that I got that off my chest, it’s a new week so a new chance to win some money. The New York Yankees travel to the city of angels to take on the Angels. Overall, the Yankees are a better team than the Angels, but they have been ravished by injuries. All those injuries, including star hitter Aaron Judge who went to the IL this past weekend, makes this matchup intriguing.
Money Line – LA Angels +101, New York Yankees -111
Over/Under – 9 (O +100, U -120)
First Pitch – 9:07 p.m. Central Time. Angel Stadium, Anaheim, California
New York Yankees
Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Troy Tulowitzki, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Aaron Hicks, and Luis Severino. That is not the starting nine for Tuesday’s game. Instead, its only some of the players that are currently on the Yankees injured list. It is going to be tough for the Yankees to win with that many players sitting out – especially coupled with traveling to the opposite side of the country. With most of their big hitters sitting this game out, the key to winning lies in the pitching. Domingo German is getting the start for this game. German has been a solid piece in the Yankees rotation all year. Over his 19 innings pitched this year, he has only given up nine hits so far and five earned runs, good for a 2.37 ERA. The only worrying stat for German is the rate on which he is walking batters. He has walked seven batters so far on the year, and when the Yankees have so many injuries on offense, German can’t let runners get on base for free. The best part of this Yankees team so far has been the bullpen. Former Chicago White Sox, Tommy Kahnle, is pitching great so far with a 2.45 ERA in eight appearances. Chad Green is the only reliever that Yankees fans dread to see coming out of the pen. His 10 earned runs over 7.1 innings pitch is honestly terrible, but the rest of the Yankees bullpen has been pitching at least ok this season.
Los Angeles Angels
Mike Trout is a generational talent. He is one of the best baseball players I’ve ever seen play, granted I am only 22-years-old. That being said, he may be the reason that the Angels won’t win a championship while he is there. His 12-year $430 million deal will restrict the Angels in putting together a winning lineup around him going forward. That is evident this season as the Angels are trotting out Albert Pujols, Tommy La Stella, and Zach Cozart to start constantly. It says something when Trout is the youngest starter on the team at 27-years-old. It doesn’t get much better with their starting pitchers. When the shell of Matt Harvey is one of your main starters that signals something is wrong. Harvey started Monday’s game, so he won’t be on the mound for this game. Instead, Chris Stratton and his 7.00 ERA is getting the start. This entire Angels team just screams average to me, and I don’t see them being a threat in the stacked AL West at all this season.
Analysis and Prediction
This game is a tough one. If the Yankees had even half of their players back for the IL, then they would smoke the Angels. However, even with the injuries, I like the Yankees at -111. The strong pitching from the Yankees should be able to squeak this game out on the road. Hopefully, they won’t blow it in the ninth inning like my last prediction.