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This game was going to be interesting in terms of the betting line because the public always likes to back the Yankees as well as Ohtani. With the superstars scratched from his Tuesday start, the Yankees are the clear favorites and we like them to cover easily — take the Yankees to cover the run spread.
Garcia’s 2021 record: (49-45-2)
|Team||Run Spread||Money Line||Total|
|New York Yankees||-1.5 (+135)
|O 8 (-120)
|Los Angeles Angels||+1.5 (-155)
|U 8 (EVEN)
|New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Angels Information|
|Teams||New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Angels|
|Location||Angel Stadium, Los Angeles, California|
|Time||Tuesday, August 31, 9:38 p.m. EST|
|How to watch||Fox Sports West, YES Network, MLB.TV|
The Yankees winning streak finally ended in Oakland over the weekend, but a series split on the road against a team fighting for the playoffs is rarely a bad thing. The Angels came from behind on Monday to win 8-7 but suddenly Tuesday’s matchup lost a little bit of its luster..
Shohei Ohtani has been nothing short of miraculous this season and he will likely be hitting leadoff and was scheduled to pitch Tuesday night until he got hit on the hand in the first inning on Monday and scratched from his start as a precaution.
No matter, he hit another home run last night to extend his MLB-lead in home runs (42), is fourth in OPS (.989) and sixth in RBIs (90). Just this week he became the first Japanese-born player join the 40-20 club — with 40 home runs and 20 steals.
He remains one of the best pitchers in baseball, too. Ohtani is 8-1 overall with a 3.00 ERA, 1.057 WHIP and 127 strikeouts in 105 innings. He looks to wrap up a solid August, where he has gone 3-0 with a 2.88 ERA and three quality starts in his first four outings.
Jaime Barria — 2-2 with a 5.56 ERA — starts in place of him and will face Jameson Taillon for New York who has struggled a bit lately after a nice run of quality outings.
Taillon has failed to go further than 5.1 innings in any of the past three outings, giving up 11 earned runs in that span. Overall on the year he’s 8-4 with a 4.18 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 125 strikeouts in 127 innings.
The Yankees continue their stretch of dominant baseball — now 36-16 in their past 52 games. They’ve been doing so because their potent offensive lineup has finally been exactly that: potent.
Just last week, Giancarlo Stanton mashed four home runs with eight RBIs while Aaron Judge hit .480 (12-of-25) with two home runs and seven RBIs.
That said, they will need some more help from a few names who went quiet last week. Anthony Rizzo (4-of-23), Luke Voit (2-of-12) and Joey Gallo (3-of-19) and DJ LeMahieu (3-of-24) all had weeks they’re ready to forget.
For Los Angeles, it’s likely too little too late as far as the postseason goes (what else do you expect when you lose Mike Trout for the year) but there have been signs of encouragement.
Namely, Brandon Marsh, the 23-year-old rookie who is already making a name for himself. Marsh is hitting .279 with a .350 OBP and .745 OPS in his first month-plus of big-league time. His August has been even better: he’s hitting .322 with a .385 OBP and .845 OPS and a red-hot 11-of-19 the last week.
We’re looking for someone who can do damage against righties on the Angels and that man is Jared Walsh. He’s hitting .312 against righties this year (88-of-282) with 16 homie runs and 53 RBIs.
For New York, we’re looking at Gio Urshela. Urshela is a cold 1-of-13 since his return earlier this week but has had success against the Angels — he went 3-of-7 with a home run in the series earlier this year. Now isn’t a bad time to bet on him turning it around again.
Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.More info on Tony Garcia
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