MLB Series Betting Detroit at L.A. Angels

MLB Series Betting Detroit at L.A. Angels

A delightful battle will ensue just minutes from Disneyland this weekend, with two of the three American League division leaders going head to head for three games. Neither team is playing at its best right now, meaning the team that continues to struggle


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Game 1 Edge: Angels

You certainly can't blame manager Jim Leyland for wanting to have somebody, anybody step up in the late innings to help shutdown opponents. The Detroit bullpen has a 4.67 ERA, with 17 losses and 16 blown saves in 49 attempts. Leyland is big on accountability and never asks a player to do something they are not capable of. When he plays hunches or percentages, he believes and expects those chosen to perform. The bullpen will likely be called upon today with 22-year sensation Andrew Miller (5-3, 3.78) the starter. The Tigers are hoping he emerges as another dependable pitcher in the Justin Verlander mode. Miller uses his 6'6 frame well and is unafraid to saw off batters on either side of the dish. He still walks too many hitters as young pitchers are wont to do and has only pitched seven innings once in nine starts. Los Angeles will start Joe Saunders (4-0, 2.89) who has this unusual penchant, he just wins. Since being called up last season the 26-year old lefty is 11-3 for the Halos. With the changes in the make-up of starters, Los Angeles might finally have a left-hander to balance the staff, like Jarrod Washburn used to. Saunders mixes cutters, sinkers and running fastballs effectively. This will be on the Fox afternoon schedule and L.A. is 20-15 in day games and the Tigers 21-13. Despite Saunders being good luck charm for Angels, Detroit roasts lefty's with 22-8 record, the highest winning percentage in baseball.

Game 2 Edge: Tigers

The series finale is the ESPN Sunday night game and the worldwide leader fell into a great pitching match-up. Jeremy Bonderman (10-2, 3.69) will meet the equally talented Kelvim Escobar (11-4, 2.91). Bonderman did not have his best stuff his last time out in loss to Chicago, but that has been a rare occurrence. Since May, the Tigers are 11-2 when the right-hander takes the ball. Escobar has been the most consistent starter for Mike Scioscia's team, posting a winning record each month, as the Angels have come up winners 14 of his 19 starts. Escobar is durable also, throwing at least seven innings 68.2 percent of the time in 2007. At home Vlade Guerrero and the boys are 8-3 with Escobar on the mound.

Game 3 Edge: Angels

This series is bound to have a little electricity since both teams are certainly capable of meeting again in October. History is on the side of the Angels, as they have not lost a season series to the Tigers since 1997. (Currently trailing 3-2) They are 45-15 at home against Detroit over the last 11 seasons and they are showing signs of starting to hit again coming into the series. Not an overwhelming vote for the L.A. team that resides in Anaheim, just good enough to be the Magic Kingdom against the Tigers.

Sportsbook.com series odds: Detroit +120, L.A. Angels 150 - StatFox Edge Pick: Angels


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