Angels vs Giants Prediction MLB Picks Today 8/9
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- Aug 9, 2023, 8:47:24 AM
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MLB Game Preview: San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Angels
The battle at Angel Stadium heats up as the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Angels face off in the decider, with the series poised at 1-1. Both teams are eager to clinch the series and further their ambitions in their respective divisions.
The Giants, with a 62-52 record and a balanced 29-28 away record, hope to turn around their recent form. On the other hand, the Angels, standing at 57-58 and 30-28 at home, have the slight edge, given their home advantage.
San Francisco Giants: The Challengers
Wilmer Flores shines for the Giants with 15 homers, a .310 average, and 39 RBIs. LaMonte Wade Jr.'s .269 average along with J.D. Davis's 56 RBIs adds depth to their offensive line-up.
On the Mound
Ryan Walker, with a 4-1 record and a solid 2.52 ERA over 39.1 innings, is expected to be a determining factor against the Angels' batters.
Anthony DeSclafani's absence due to a 15-Day IL might affect the Giants' game strategy. Additionally, both Darien Nunez and AJ Pollock are listed as day-to-day, which raises concerns for the Giants' lineup.
Los Angeles Angels: The Defenders
The Ohtani Show
Shohei Ohtani continues to dazzle both at the plate and on the mound. With a massive 40 homers, a .307 batting average, and 83 RBIs, Ohtani is undoubtedly the player to watch. His pitching stats are equally impressive, boasting a 9-5 record with a 3.32 ERA over 124.2 innings.
The Angels face their challenges with a slew of injuries, including Mike Trout, Davis Daniel, Gio Urshela, Logan O'Hoppe, and Zach Neto, all of whom are on the IL. The team will be hard-pressed to adjust their game strategy in light of these injuries.
Multiple factors suggest that betting the under of 8.5 runs is the way to go:
- Exceptional Pitching: Both Ryan Walker and Shohei Ohtani have commendable ERAs, suggesting a potentially low-scoring game.
- Angels' Recent Games: Their last three games have seen scores of 3-2, 3-2, and 9-7, indicating a trend of games with 9 or fewer runs.
- ESPN Analytics: The win probability leans towards the Angels with 63.5% against the Giants' 36.5%. However, with such evenly matched sides, a tight, low-scoring contest could be on the cards.
- Injuries: Key players, especially from the Angels' side, are sidelined, potentially affecting the run production.
The combined prowess of both starting pitchers and the potential strategic play for a series decider make the under of 8.5 runs a plausible outcome. Yet, as with all sporting events, unpredictability reigns supreme, ensuring a thrilling contest for fans.
Pick: Under 8.5 runs