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Date: Saturday July 16, 2016
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: Angels Stadium, Anaheim, California
Projected Pitchers: James Shields vs. Matt Shoemaker
MLB Moneyline Odds: Angels -141
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8.5
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The White Sox have done some good work lately to get them back in the picture in the American League.
They entered the AS break a bit over .500 and though it seems unlikely they could chase down the Indians they could certainly be a factor in the Wild Card race.
The Angels should have no such optimism, just the glow of having Mike Trout on their side.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox underperformed in the first half.
The offense was nowhere near when they expected they would be and the pitching, though good, probably could have been better.
If they are going to surge in the second half I think the offense needs to lead.
It’s nice that Jose Abreu has his average up to .275 but where is the power. He has just 11 homers. If he doesn’t break 30 again this team has no chance.
Todd Frazier can’t be the only threat to go yard.
The trade for James Shields was a strong indicator that the Sox are going for it but they might have been wise to look in another direction.
To be totally fair, since getting bombed in his first 3 outing back in the AL he has had four straight starts where he has not given up more than 3ER.
I am not a fan but maybe he has stabilized to the point that you can back him in spots.
Los Angeles Angels
Coming into this season I saw the Angels as a .500 team, if everything broke right…it hasn’t.
Mike Trout is still producing at an All-Star level but the rest of the club is not producing nearly well enough to offset a pitching staff which is substandard.
Look for the Angels to be a seller with players like Yunel Escobar, who is hitting .317, potentially getting the attention of those that are in the race.
This team could look a lot different in a couple of weeks.
It is a sad statement about their pitching that Matt Shoemakers is the Angels ERA leader. Garrett Richards, their ace, has been out for a while and even though they will be out of the race may pitch in September.
Why I am not sure but until then you have a bunch of mediocre arms like Shoemaker being trotted out there with regularity.
Hitters look forward to hitting L.A. and it is not for the nightlife.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- CHW are 2-7 in their last 9 Sat. games.
- Over is 18-6-3 in CHW last 27 Sat. games.
- Over is 9-2 in LAA last 11 home games.
- LAA are 8-21 in their last 29 games on grass.
- LAA are 6-14 in their last 20 overall.
Free Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Prediction:
I think it was only a couple of years ago that we were talking about big game James. Now Shields has become just like every other mediocre starter, in that we are trying to figure out when we go with him as well as when we should avoid him.
Shoemaker has always been a fade guy for me.
This year the numbers really bare that out with the team 5-12 in games he has started.
There is not a situation that I can think of where I can see recommending getting behind him.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Over
I am pegging this total at 9 and think it has a great chance to go over. Both starters will have had extra rest over the AS break but I don’t think it is going to stop the offenses from leading the way in this one.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 7 – Los Angeles 5
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