Weds POWER-SMASH ~ 11 STRAIGHT WINNING DAYS! 40-21 YTD in MLB!
Baltimore vs. LA Angels,
05/02/2018 22:07 EDT,
Score: 7 - 10
Money Line: -143 LA Angels
8* LA Angels (10:07 ET): I won w/ the Angels last night and won't deviate from that script tonight. Most of what I wrote in yday's analysis still applies tonight as the Halos' uncharacteristic slow start to the season at home (now 6-10) can be attributed to an 0-6 record against the Yankees and Red Sox. Against everyone else in the league, their record is now 17-6 w/ a run differential of +40. They took last night's series opener by a score of 3-2 following a wild ninth inning where they first blew a two-run lead, only to win the game in walkoff fashion. While Baltimore treated me kindly this past weekend (including a 10* Game of the Week winner on Sunday), this is not a good team as they now have the second worst record and run differential in the sport.
Besides the win, the other good news for the Angels on Tuesday was the return of Shohei Ohtani to the lineup. (It was his first time back in the everyday lineup since injuring his ankle against the Yankees on Friday). He doubled, marking the 11th time in 12 games as a DH that he got at least one hit. He'll DH again tonight as his next scheduled start (two-way player, remember!) isn't until the weekend. Taking the mound tonight will be Andrew Heaney, who hopes to give his team something similar to what Nick Tropeano delivered last night w/ seven scoreless innings. It hasn't exactly been a great start to 2018 for Heaney, but he did strike out nine batters in five innings of work vs. the Yankees last week (no decision). Having made only three starts so far, Heaney's YTD numbers are still skewed by the one poor outing he had against San Francisco.
This is Baltimore's worst start to a season since 2010 when they were also 8-21. Before that, you'd have to go back to the infamous 0-21 start in 1988 to find a time when an Orioles team dug itself a bigger hole. I do not see them escaping this one quite frankly. They are 3-11 on the road and giving up over six runs per game and a .303 batting average. Dylan Bundy gets the baseball tonight and while he's arguably been the O's most consistent starter thus far, that's not really saying much. He has a 2-4 TSR and a 1.714 WHIP his L3 starts. Last time out, he was shelled for eight runs in 4 2/3 innings. I realize that the Angels have not scored more than three runs in any of the L5 games, but I'm expecting an offensive "explosion" of sorts tonight as they certainly have the pieces in their lineup to do so. 8* LA Angels