Thursday’s Major League Baseball slate features a handful of games scattered throughout the day. The final game of the night between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers should be a doozy, but the “other” teams in both cities will also square off. The Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees will play a doubleheader in the Bronx after Wednesday’s game was rained out.
The Angels have dropped the first two games of the series, and they’ll look to finally get back into the win column in Game 2.
Bovada oddsmakers the Yankees once again listed as -150 moneyline favorites, while you can get the Angels at +130 odds to win the game outright. This one also features an over/under of just 8.5 runs.
Los Angeles Angels
The Angels got off to a hot start this season, which was a welcome sight for a franchise that has struggled to contend over the past decade. Los Angeles has made the playoffs just once since Mike Trout debuted in 2011, and they’ve never qualified since Shohei Ohtani arrived a few years ago.
However, the Halos have spent most of the first two months of the 2022 campaign neck-and-neck with the mighty Houston Astros top the American League West. A win over Oakland on May 15th moved LA to 24-13 on the year, which is their high-water mark to this point.
Unfortunately, things have gone south since then. The Angels are currently riding a seven-game losing streak heading into Game 2 of the doubleheader. Los Angeles was embarrassingly swept at home last weekend in a four-game series by the Blue Jays in addition to back-to-back losses to open their current series in the Bronx.
Detmers has a strikeout rate just over 17 percent on the season, and he still only mustered two whiffs in that no-hitter. His 4.65 ERA isn’t all that remarkable, and navigating tonight’s matchup against a powerful Yankees lineup will be no easy task.
New York Yankees
The Yankees aren’t at full strength right now, but they’re still winning. Giancarlo Stanton and Josh Donaldson are both on the injured list, but Aaron Boone’s squad still owns a comfortable lead at the top of the AL East. The Yanks’ victory over the Angels in Game 1 this afternoon moved New York to 35-15 on the year and 5.5 games ahead of second-place Toronto in the division.
While the Angels have a couple of perennial MVP candidates of their own, the frontrunner to win the award right now is the Yankees’ Aaron Judge. Judge hit yet another home run in Game 1, moving his total to a league-best 19 dingers already this season. Judge will have a difficult time matching his career-high of 52 big flies set in his rookie campaign, but he also boasts an impressive slash line of .303/.371/.657 through 48 games.
Taillon isn’t necessarily ace material, but he has given the Yankees some good innings so far in 2022. Through nine starts, the right-hander owns an impressive 5-1 record with a 2.49 ERA. He threw a gem in his last start, with eight scoreless innings while yielding just a couple of hits in New York’s 2-0 win over the Rays.
However, Taillon’s inability to miss bats could hurt him in a matchup with the Halos. His K-rate on the year is sitting at a mediocre 19.2 percent, and his 3.67 SIERA indicates some regression is likely in store for his aforementioned 2.49 ERA.
While the Angels have been scuffling a bit at the plate recently, this is still one of the most productive offensive teams in all of baseball. Entering Thursday’s action, the Brewers and Yankees were the only teams in the majors with more home runs than the Angels’ 68 on the year.
Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees MLB Game Pick
There seems to be some dicey weather in store for New York City tonight, but most forecasts seem to indicate Game 2 of the doubleheader should be good to go, as scheduled.
The over/under of 8.5 runs looks surprisingly low. Detmers is hardly an established commodity at the major-league level, while Taillon has largely benefited from some cushy matchups to this point. Regression seems to be on the way for the Yankee right-hander, and I expect the Angels to do some damage against him tonight.
Hammer the over on 8.5 runs in Game 2 of Angels-Yankees on Thursday night.
Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees Betting Recap
- Moneyline: Los Angeles Angels +130, New York Yankees -150
- Runline: Los Angeles Angels +1.5 (-155), New York Yankees -1.5 (+135)
- Over/Under: Over 8.5 runs (-110), Under 8.5 runs (-110)
- Pick: Over 8.5 runs