June 15, 2013 at 7:33 AM #52353
Qbin Missile CrisisKeymaster
New York Yankees (37-30) vs Los Angeles Angels (29-38)
Saturday June 15
Angels Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
NYY: David Phelps (R)
LAA: Tommy Hanson (R)
Moneyline: Angels -118, Yankees +109
The New York Yankees have beem stumbling and slipped below Baltimore in the American League East standings recently. Early on they were stymieing predictions by outperforming despite an aged lineup and multiple injuries. Now not so much…and the fans in New York have to be wondering when the reinforcements will arrive(as they usually do). It could be a trade or it could be the return of what are likely two, maybe three Hall of Fame players from the disabled list. New York, like so many teams right now, seems to be treading water.
New York wants David Phelps to be a reliever. He can be very effective in that role but duty calls and they need him to make some starts. He strikes out his fair share of batters but has yet to be able to work deep into games yet. The numbers have been pretty good though as New York has won his last two outings with Phelps giving up just a solo run in wins over Cleveland and Seattle. He may not be name we are all familiar with but as long as Phelps is with thee Yankees he is probably going to win his fair share of contests.
I have sort of decided I am going to lay off the Los Angeles Angels a little bit, not out of mercy but out of boredom – it is just tiring writing about how bad players like OF Josh Hamilton have been. Los Angeles just got back OF Peter Bourjos from injury and he is a spark plug kind of player with his tremendous defensive ability and streakiness at the plate. Maybe he can help turn things around for a team that has now been passed by the Mariners and now is much closer to the last place Houston Astros than first place Oakland.
Two years ago with Atlanta batters hit .219 against Tommy Hanson…now they smack him around to the tune of a .291 clip. That is the biggest difference in what is looking like the unravelling of what was supposed to be a promising career. Hanson’s struggles have hurt the team because he is failing at working any where close to deep in games. When a club is struggling sometimes alll they need is a fantastic performance by a starter to swing the momentum around. They have definitely not been getting that from Hanson this season.
O/U Pick: Over
Score Prediction: New York 6 – Los Angeles 5
I am totally comfortable fading the Angels and taking the extra value with New York. L.A. may have grabbed the series opener but the way these teams play any game could go any way so why not grab the extra value on a potential payoff. Going over is not a bad strategy either as I think the middle relievers will be called into action on Saturday night.
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