Gerrit Cole vs Jered Weaver matchup featured in MLB action
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Los Angeles Angels Odds
Inter-league play resumes on Friday as the Angels take on the Pirates at Angel Stadium in a key battle on the odds menu.
For the Angels, Jered Weaver gets the ball, charged with keeping the Pirates hitters off the base paths. He'll face Gerrit Cole, 2-0 on the year.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Angels as -167 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 7.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Angels rated this week at No. 11 and the Pirates sitting at No. 6.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles' No. 8 ranked American League offense (4.5 runs per game) against a Pirates defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 1 in the National League at 3.5 runs allowed per game. The Angels have been averaging 9.1 hits per game, more than the Pirates have managed so far this season (7.9 hits on average).
Los Angeles owns the American League's No. 12 defense, allowing 4.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Pittsburgh's National League No. 1-rated defense.
The Pirates were a 5-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Reds. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at +183 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Pirates enjoyed a 5-3 victory at the expense of the Reds on Thursday, with Brandon Cumpton throwing 5 innings of 5-hit ball at Great American Ball Park.
The Angels were a 10-9 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Mariners. That made winners of bettors who got Los Angeles at -110 on the moneyline, while the total score (19) was good news for OVER bettors. The Angels enjoyed a 10-9 victory at the expense of the Mariners on Thursday, with Tommy Hanson throwing 2 innings of 6-hit ball at Angel Stadium.
Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing LA Angels are 3-6
After playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After a win are 3-7
A few Pirates at Angels trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing LA Angels
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing LA Angels
Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Angels
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Angels' last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
LA Angels are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
LA Angels are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh at LA Angels, Saturday, June 22