Los Angeles Angels +162 vs. New York Yankees -172
Jerome Williams (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (1-0, 2.57 ERA)
The Angels haven’t gotten the starting pitching they expected so far this season, outside of new acquisition CJ Wilson. The rest of the staff, including ace Jared Weaver, has a 5.75 ERA on the season and has put a ton of pressure on the Angel offense. So, they’ll turn to young pitcher Jerome Williams who will be making his first start of the season, fresh off his rehab start in Low-A ball. That’s a pretty abrupt shift! From Low-A to taking the mound in the Sunday Night game of the week at Yankee Stadium.
For the Yankees, it hasn’t been easy so far, and it has rarely been pretty, but after their season-opening three game sweep at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays, their bats have finally come alive. They won four straight before they ran into CJ Wilson yesterday (a 7-1 loss), averaging 5.5 runs over the four game stretch. That’s a pretty good sign considering the pitching advantage they have in tonight’s game.
Ivan Nova was solid in his first start, despite taking the loss to Tampa Bay. The young fireballer is still rumored to be battling for a spot in the Yankee rotation, but to me that’s gotta just be ‘we need a story’ reporting; the fact is Nova is 16-2 over his last 24 starts and is closer to the ace of the staff than he is to expendable. The notion he could be removed from the rotation is insane. Regardless, perhaps it provides some extra fuel and focus to tonight’s start.
I like the Yankees vaunted lineup to make the return a little rocky for Jerome Williams, and I expect the Halos to have a heckuva time trying to scratch out much offense against Ivan Nova. The Angels are just 3-8 in their last 11 games overall, and 4-7 against the Yankees, while New York is 8-2 overall in Nova’s last 10 starts.
The Yankees were shut down on national television yesterday by CJ Wilson. I think Jerome Williams is the unfortunate recipient of a nice bounce-back offensive performance. The line is a little unrewarding at -172, but it feels like a pretty easy win. I am also going to get a little extra bang for my buck on the -1.5 run line at +115.
Free Pick: New York Yankees to WIN -175 and New York Yankees -1.5 (+115)