New York Yankees vs. L.A. Angels

The Angels are hosting the Yankees in a weekend series and they are the underdogs in tonight’s game, which is not surprising since the Yankees are off to a fast start and have won two of three against L.A. this season.

New York Yankees (11-4) at L.A. Angels (8-9)

Bovada has a moneyline for this game with the Yankees as the visiting favorites posted at -140 with the Angels at +120 with a total of 9.5 runs.

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The Yankees beat the Angels in last season’s AL Championship series and have already beat L.A. twice this season in New York.

The Yankees lost their game, but are still 8-2 in their last 10 games trailing the hot Tampa Bay Rays by .5 games in the tough AL East. The Angels have dropped two in a row, are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and are in third place in the AL West two games back of the surprising Oakland A’s.

This season the Angels are 4-7 at home and the Yankees are 6-3 on the road.

Dating back to last season New York has won eight of their last 11 games against the L.A.

Taking the hill for the Angels tonight is Ervin Santana (1-2 4.35 ERA), who was stellar in his last start going nine innings and giving up only one earned run getting his first win of the season against the Toronto Blue Jays. On the mound for the Yankees is A.J. Burnett (2-0 2.37 ERA), who went 7 innings giving up 0 earned runs in a win over the Texas Rangers in his last start.

Santana struggled against the New York earlier this season on April 13th, giving up five runs while allowing two HR’s in five innings in a 7-5 loss.

Derek Jeter (.323 3 HR 9 RBI) hit two HR’s in the LA series in New York this season and in his career against Santana he is 12/27 with three HR’s.

Dating back to last season the Yankees are 9-2 in Burnett’s last 11 starts and the Angels are 1-4 in Santana’s last five home starts.

New York has not only scored the most runs in the AL this season, but their pitching staff has an ERA of 2.29 in their last seven games.

The Angels rank ninth in runs scored this season, but their pitching has been poor allowing the third most runs in the AL so far this season.

Saturday’s pitching match up is between a couple of hurlers that are off to a fast start in L.A.’s Joel Pineiro (2-1 1.77 ERA) and New York’s Andy Pettitte (2-0 1.35 ERA). However, Sunday’s match up is between a couple of struggling pitchers in L.A.’s Scott Kazmir (1-1 7.35 ERA) and New York’s Javier Vazquez (1-2 8.27 ERA).