The top team in the AL East, the New York Yankees (38-24 Overall, 16-15 Away), plays the AL West’s second place club, the Los Angeles Angels (34-34 Overall, 19-13 Home). Thus far the teams have split the three-game series, which means tonight is the rubber match. The Yanks have won seven of their last 10 games while the Angels have gone 6-4. In the first game of the series, the Yanks beat the home team 5-3. In game two, LA won in 11 innings 3-2. For our Yankees play Angels MLB free pick, NY is at -155 and LA is at +145. The over/under is eight runs, with the over at -110 and the under at -100.
Michael Pineda (7-3, 3,39 ERA), who has pitched well all season, gets the start for the Yanks. In 10 of his 12 starts this season he’s allowed three earned runs or fewer. Versus the Angels, he’s had two career starts, going 1-1 with a 7.50 ERA. One of the reasons for Pineda’s success this season is his changeup, which acts a lot like a sinker. Also working for him this season is his slider and fastball.
Matt Shoemaker (6-3, 4.22 ERA) faces the Yanks for the third time in his career. He lost both of those starts, allowing six runs and 15 hits over 13.1 innings. After blanking Tampa Bay for the win on May 23, he allowed four earned runs in 4.1 innings in a loss to Miami. He’s won his last two starts, allowing six runs over 13.1 innings while striking out none and giving up two homers.
The Yankees are tops in RS in the majors at +360 and have allowed the second-fewest runs in MLB at 244, making them +116. The Yanks Aaron Judge (.341 BA, 22 HR, 49 RBI) leads the team in batting average, homers, and RBI. His OBP is an astounding 1.162. The team is hitting .273 with 104 homeruns and 107 doubles. Aaron Hicks is tops in doubles with 14 and he also has 10 round trippers and 36 RBI, while Starlin Castro is batting .323 with 41 RBI and a dozen homers and the same number of doubles.
The Angels are at 287 in RS and 290 in RA, giving them a RS/RA of -3 runs. They are batting .240 with 73 homers and 98 doubles. The Angels are still without Mike Trout (.337 BA, 16 HR, 36 RBI), and look to Andrelton Simmons (.281 BA, 6 HR, 28 RBI)) and Yunel Escobar (.276 BA, 5 HR, 18 RBI) to create some offense.
Yankees Play Angels MLB Free Pick
We like NY in this one due to both the pitching and the hitting. Our Yankees play Angels MLB free pick is NY at -155. We also like the over at eight runs and -110. The game will start at 10 p.m. E.T.