Arizona Diamondbacks vs. LA Angels MLB Pick – September 15, 2020

Probable Starters:

    Madison Bumgarner (0-4, 7.52 ERA) vs. Julio Teheran (0-3, 8.23 ERA)

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels get a three-game series started on Tuesday night in Anaheim. Neither team is looking at going to the postseason, so this game doesn’t mean too much in the grand scheme of things. The fact that the Angels aren’t competing for a postseason in a year where the playoffs are expanded is pretty bad.

Pretty embarrassing might be the better phrase to use. I feel for Angels’ fans, I really do. On paper the Angels look like a postseason team. A team with Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Shohei Ohtani on it should be thinking postseason.

With a record of 20-28, the Angels are thinking offseason at the moment. The last team into the American League postseason right now is the Cleveland Indians with a record of 26-21. In other words, stick a fork in the Angels, their season is done. I guess all that’s left to do is look forward to next season, but are we really going to get fooled again by the Angels?

Is anything going to change between now to next spring? Adding Rendon to the lineup seemed like a good move, but the Angels were looking for a quick fix when it goes beyond him. The fact that it looks like Ohtani may never be a full time pitcher doesn’t help. He is having major issues staying healthy when he’s on the bump. Ohtani has been disappointing at the dish in 2020 as well.

One of the biggest disappointments this season has to be on the Diamondbacks’ side, though. Madison Bumgarner has been a useless hurler. Whether he’s pitching injured or his velocity is just shot now is debatable, but the fact remains the Bumgarner needs this upcoming offseason more than anyone.

The Giants are looking very smart right now for not re-upping his contract in San Francisco. Former Atlanta Brave, Julio Teheran, has been having struggles of his own in this shortened campaign. Head below for our free Arizona Diamondbacks vs. LA Angels pick for September 15, 2020.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Diamondbacks +1.5 (-150)
  • Angels -1.5 (+130)
Moneyline:

  • Diamondbacks (+124)
  • Angels (-134)
Total:

  • Over 10 (-115)
  • Under 10 (-105)

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. LA Angels Prediction:

Madison Bumgarner was placed on the IL about a month ago in an attempt to rectify whatever ailed him. The Diamondbacks wrote it down as a mild back strain, but I like to believe they may have fudged that just to get Bumgarner off the mound and an excuse for his abysmal season. Bumgarner returned to the rotation on September 5 against his old team, the San Francisco Giants.

He was adequate with 3 hits and 2 earned runs conceded through 4 innings. In his follow up performance versus the Dodgers, he was shaky with 7 hits and 2 walks conceded, but Bumgarner was allowed to get out of it with 2 earned runs through 5 innings. It could have been a lot worse than just 2 runs for the Dodgers.

Mad Bum was in a bases loaded jam in the 4th and was able to work himself out of that predicament. The Angels have reached base fairly consistently against Bumgarner in his career. They’ve recorded a .354 OBP versus Bumgarner in 69 at-bats. Even if Bumgarner pitches well, he will turn the ball over to a bad bullpen.

The Diamondbacks’ bullpen owns an ERA of 4.94, with walks being a major issue for them. They’ve issued 5.18 walks per 9 innings pitched in 2020. That is not going to get it done, and provides far too many opportunities with runners in scoring position for the opposition. As bad as Bumgarner and the bullpen have been, Julio Teheran has been worse than both.

Teheran has an ERA of 8.23, 1.57 WHIP, .358 OBA through 27.1 innings of work. There hasn’t been too many signs that Teheran is improving either. He looked good for a brief stretch versus the Padres, but it was back to the same old against the Texas Rangers in his most recent showing.

He was tagged for 6 hits and 5 earned runs through 4.2 innings in that one. Pitching in Anaheim has been the worst for Teheran, as he boasts a 9.58 ERA and 1.94 WHIP. The 29-year-old has conceded 5 home runs in only 10.3 innings of work at Angel Stadium. I don’t have much confidence in either starter here. Two or three years ago this would have been a heck of a pitching matchup, but we likely won’t see that tonight. I’m on the OVER in a game that should get into the double digits.

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