LA is hoping to get back to the postseason this year, a place they have not seen in quite a few years. This is despite having the best player in baseball on their roster and in the prime of his career. Their lack of pitching has been doing them in.
Minnesota regressed last season after their 2017 playoff appearance that snapped a seven-year drought. They are currently leading the AL Central, but a few losses here and there may knock them off their perch.
The moneyline for Tuesday’s game has the Los Angeles Angels +118 and the Minnesota Twins -128. The over/under for this contest is set at 9.
New manager Brad Ausmus has not quite led the team to the start they expected, but given their struggles in past years, hovering around .500 at the 1/4 season mark is not too bad. Andrelton Simmons is leading the team with a .311 BA, while Mike Trout is hitting .296 (.464 OBP), with nine HRs and a team-leading 25 RBI. They have had various players post similar HR/RBI numbers, and having depth on offense has been important. Their bullpen has not been very good, and even the addition of former Indians great closer Cody Allen hasn’t helped, as he has struggled mightily.
Fourth-year pitcher Felix Pena will be getting the start for the Angels. He’s gone 33 2/3 innings, striking out 34 and walking only seven batters. He’s gone 2-1 and is coming off seven scoreless innings against the Tigers. It was far and away his best outing of the year, as he’ll now look to keep it rolling. They could use another win here not only for them, but to also put the Twins down.
In his first year as an MLB manager, Rocco Baldelli is doing very well. A team that had a losing record last year is 25-15 through the quarter-of-the-season mark, and the personnel groupings have been successful. Jorge Polanco has been terrific with his .327 batting average, while Eddie Rosario has 13 HRs and 32 RBI. The additions of CJ Cron and Marwin Gonzalez have made their depth chart impressive. Jose Berrios has been a terrific starting pitcher, already winning six games and striking out 54 batters in 59 innings. Blake Parker and Taylor Rogers have been impressive out of the bullpen, and have split closing reps.
Seventh-year starting pitcher Kyle Gibson will take the mound for the Twins tonight. His season got off to a less-than-ideal start when the Royals plated six runs against him during his first start. He has been decent enough since though, going 3-1 with a 4.19 ERA. He’s struck out 40 batters while walking only 11. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in four consecutive starts (three unearned against the Orioles on April 21).
Angels Pick Up Another Victory
Folks, make sure you bet on the underdogs and go LAA +118! The Angels offense is going to lead them to another win tonight, and a three-hit effort from Mike Trout will give them the boost they need!
Free Pick: LAA +118
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