Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Angels Pick – MLB May 8, 2022

The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels are at Angel Stadium for the third meeting of a four-game series in Anaheim. The Angels are looking for a response after a 7-3 loss last night.

Washington got out ahead early with a 2-0 lead following 2 innings of work. Michael Lorenzen was well off the mark on the mound, as he left with 5 hits and 5 earned runs across 4.2 innings.

The Angels made it a game when they put up 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th after getting behind by 3 runs, but the Nats came back with 3 unanswered runs to take a 7-3 lead.

It was a better day for the Angels on Friday night. They rode the hot arm of Jhonathan Diaz to a 3-0 win. Diaz and the Angels’ bullpen held the Nationals to 4 hits in an impressive pitching display.

Anaheim is off to a good start this season despite the loss last night. They are 18-11 on the season going into this one. That’s better than .500 baseball, which is what we’ve come to expect from the Angels.

That’s what happens when Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani are healthy together on the field. The loss last night ended a three-game winning streak for the Angels.

Erick Fedde and Pablo Sandoval are scheduled to receive the starting call on the bump.

The pitching staff is what has been the biggest liability for the Angels. If Sandoval stays in good form, that’d be a notable boost in Anaheim.

Head below for our free Nationals vs. Angels prediction on May 8, 2022.

Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Angels Live Betting Odds:

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Washington Nationals +1.5 (-120) +165 Over 8.5 (-125)
LA Angels -1.5 (+100) -200 Under 8.5 (+105)
Team Data Washington Nationals LA Angels
Overall Record 10-19 18-11
Away/Home Record 7-8 9-6
Batting Average .252 .241
Batting Average Away/Home .296 .232
Runs Per 9 4.22 4.76
Team ERA 4.91 3.54
Team ERA Away/Home 5.24 3.40

Nationals vs. Angels Prediction:

The pitching staff is a strength for the Angels so far this season. The Angels have an ERA of 3.54 and a 1.11 WHIP as a team. That isn’t something we’ve been able to say in a long while regarding this team.

At Angel Stadium in Anaheim, the Angels have an ERA of 3.40 and a 1.07 WHIP. That’s what the Angels need all season long. If they can do that, the Angels will be a postseason team at last in the Mike Trout era.

The Angels are fifth in the major leagues, as they’ve held opponents to a team batting average of .213. Meanwhile, the Nationals have been all types of problems with their pitching.

The Nationals are 28th in the major leagues, with teams hitting .259 against their pitchers this season. They’ve conceded 5.34 runs per 9 innings for 28th going into this one.

The offense should be good for the Angels with their lineup, and it’s been working in 2022. They are seventh with 4.69 runs per 9 innings and third with 1.28 home runs and a .729 OPS.

Trout and Ohtanti batting back-to-back makes it tough on opposing pitching staffs.

Pablo Sandoval might be the brightest spot for the Angels on Sunday afternoon. He’s been in great form and must continue showing improvement after recording a career-high 3.62 ERA last year.

Sandoval is going into Mother’s Day with an ERA of 1.29 and a 1.14 WHIP. In his previous three trips to the bump, he’s posted an ERA of 1.59 and a 1.06 WHIP. He has been untouchable to Angel Stadium.

Washington Nationals vs. LA Angels Betting Trends:

Nationals

  • Record (Last 10): 4-6
  • 1-4 overall in their previous five games versus the American League
  • 2-10 overall in their previous 12 games after scoring 5 or more runs
  • 7-22 overall in their previous 29 games after a loss
  • 7-19 overall in their previous 26 games in the third game of a series
  • 3-7 overall in their previous ten games versus a left-handed starter

Angels

  • Record (Last 10): 6-4
  • 8-0 overall in their previous eight games in the third game of a series
  • 6-1 overall in their previous seven games at home
  • 8-2 overall in their previous ten games as a betting favorite
  • 7-2 overall in their previous nine games after a loss
  • 8-3 overall in their previous 11 games versus the Nationals

Sandoval has pitched 11 innings at home and has been on fire. He hasn’t given up an earned run and just 5 hits for a 0.00 ERA and 0.82 WHIP.

The lefty continues to show improvement following a 5.65 ERA in 2020 to a career-high of 3.62 in his third season in the major leagues last year. He looks ready to take another leap forward in his development.

Erick Fedde is entering Angel Stadium with an ERA of 4.68 and a 1.44 WHIP through 25 innings. Batters have notched a .330 OBP against Fedde in 2022.

Fedde has posted an ERA of 5.40 and a 1.53 WHIP in his last three attempts. He’s looking to improve on a 5.47 ERA from last season.

Fedde hasn’t finished better than a 4.29 ERA in 11 appearances for what is his sixth year in 2022. This is what you get with Fedde. He isn’t much better than we’ve seen so far this season.

On a bounce-back day on Mother’s Day, expect the Angels to respond nicely after a 7-3 loss yesterday. On Sunday afternoon, Sandoval should pace the Angels to a 6-3 win in Anaheim. At even money, the runline is worth considering.

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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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