Angels, White Sox start key MLB odds series
By: David Schwab
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Another key AL matchup on Friday is the Detroit Tigers in Oakland to continue their four-game series with the Athletics.
The Los Angeles Angels head to US Cellular Field in Chicago this Friday night for the start of a three-game weekend set with the White Sox. Game time is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. (PT) and it will be broadcast on MLB TV.
Weather could be an issue for this game as the forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of evening showers and windy conditions with temperatures in the low 50’s around game time.
Los Angeles took two out of three games against Cleveland this week to run its record to 7-5 on the year. The Halos are currently two games in back of Texas in the AL West.
Angels pitching so far has been a pleasant surprise with a 2.83 team ERA that is ranked second in the American League.
Even more encouraging for this team is its .259 batting average and 45 runs scored. Torii Hunter has led the way with nine RBI and three home runs and Bobby Abreu has done a great job in the role of designated hitter with 15 hits and four RBI.
Red-hot right-hander Jered Weaver will be on the mound for Los Angeles. He is coming off a 3-1 win over Toronto in which he recorded 15 strikeouts while giving up four hits and just one earned run in 7 2/3 innings of work.
He is now 3-0 on the year with an ERA of 0.87; giving up just two earned runs in 20 2/3 innings. Weaver is 4-2 lifetime against the White Sox with a 1.70 ERA.
Pitching woes have plagued Chicago in the early going after a couple of blown saves cost it two games against Oakland this week. The bullpen has now given away three games in which it had at least a two-run lead.
The White Sox are 7-5 on the year and one game out of first in the AL Central. Fortunately hitting has not been an issue as their .284 team batting average is the best in the AL. They also lead the league in runs scored with 73 led by Paul Konerko’s 12 RBI.
Philip Humber will get the call for Chicago. He will be making his second start in the fifth spot of the rotation after a solid performance against Tampa Bay his first time out. Humber went six full innings, giving up four hits and one earned run to get the win.
The former 1st-round pick by the Mets was 2-1 last season for Kansas City with a 4.15 ERA in eight relief appearances and one start. This will be his first career start against the Angels.
Los Angeles is 5-4 as a favorite so far and 2-1 as an underdog. The total has stayed ‘under’ in eight of its 12 games. Chicago is 5-5 as a favorite and 2-0 as an underdog. The total has gone ‘over’ in seven of 12 games.
Head-to-head, the White Sox have won the last seven games overall and are 6-1 at home in the last seven. The total stayed ‘under’ in five of the last six meetings. The Angels are 5-2 in Weaver's last seven starts against Chicago.
Chicago should open as a mild favorite in this game, but with Weaver on the mound stick with the Angels to come away with the win.