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Baseball Betting Preview - Angels vs. Orioles

August 17, 2009
Baseball Betting Preview - LA Angels at Baltimore Orioles (Monday 7:05 ET)

By Robbie Gainous

Ervin Santana of the AngelsThe Angels and Orioles square off in the fourth and final game of their weekend set with the Angels leading two games to one.

Baltimore won in the opening game on Friday night by a score of 16 to 6 with the Angels bouncing back on Saturday with a 5 to 1 victory and on Sunday they needed 13 innings to decide the contest with LA coming out on top 17 to 8.

LA is 69-45 overall this season for +22.5 units of profit including 33-23 on the highway for +14.4 Units.

The Angels are ranked number 1 in hitting with a batting average of .289 averaging 5.7 runs per game this season with OPS of .803.

Their pitching has not been quite as dominating with a ranking of 26 and an ERA of 4.83 this season.

Opponents have a batting average of .276 and an on base percentage of .344. Baltimore is 48-68 overall on the season for -16.0 units including a record of 30-29 at home for -0.6 units.

The Orioles are ranked 5 in hitting with a batting average of .269 averaging 4.6 runs per game.

Pitching has let them down with a ranking of 29 and an ERA of 5.04. Opponents have a batting average of .284 and an on base percentage of .349.

LA will send Ervin Santana to the bump with his 4-2 record on the road with an ERA of 4.50.

Over his last three outings he has a record of 2-0 with an ERA of 3.86. The Orioles will counter with David Hernandez who is 2-2 at home with an ERA of 3.22 this season.

His last three starts have seen him post a record of 1-2 and an ERA of 5.79. LA is 21-9 (+9.9) when playing against a team with a win percentage of 38 to 46 percent this season.

Baltimore is 8-32 (-19.7) when playing against a team with a win percentage of 54 to 62 percent in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

We will back the better team in the role of underdog or even in the role of small favorite if the line happens to move against us here.

Take the odds or lay the short price as the Angels continue to play well and grab the series win on Monday over the Orioles.

Graded Selection: 2* Los Angeles Angels 6 Baltimore Orioles 4

Free Pick: Los Angeles Angels (-105) available at Bookmaker.com.

Visit the free picks page and mlb baseball betting forum for more info/predictions for Monday.


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