Los Angeles Angels at Baltimore Orioles 7/31/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 7/30/2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014, 7:05 PM on FSW, MASN
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
Los Angeles Angels - Skaggs, T (5-5) vs. Baltimore Orioles - Norris, B (8-7)
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Big left-hander Tyler Skaggs (5-5) will take the mound for the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night when they face Bud Norris (8-7) and the Baltimore Orioles.
Tyler Skaggs pitched well in his 5.2 innings of work against the Detroit Tigers last Friday, but he had to settle for a no decision in a game the Angels ended up winning 2-1. He allowed just one run on five hits in that outing while walking one batter and striking out five. Skaggs currently owns a 4.49 ERA and his 2.3 walks per nine innings is the best walk rate of his career.
Orioles All-Star Nelson Cruz is hitless against Skaggs in their three matchups and he has been struck out by the left-hander two times. Catcher Nick Hundley is the only other Oriole who has faced Skaggs and is 0-for-2 against him.
Last Saturday, Bud Norris lost for the seventh time this year when he was defeated by the Seattle Mariners on the road. He gave up four runs in that start and walked three batters while striking out six. On the season, Norris struck out just 6.7 batters per nine innings, which is the worst strikeout rate of his career.
Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is 6-for-15 against Norris in his career and is the only player on the Angels who has hit a home run off of him. Albert Pujols is just 7-for-39 against him with six walks and five strikeouts.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
Los Angeles Angels are 52-47-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Los Angeles Angels is 0.9
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
Baltimore Orioles are 45-57-2 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Baltimore Orioles is 0.3
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
07/24/14 2B Grant Green Back 15-day DL (7/20)
07/13/14 CF Collin Cowgill Thumb 15-day DL (7/12)
07/10/14 P CJ Wilson Ankle 15-day DL (7/10)
05/28/14 P Sean Burnett Elbow 15-day DL (5/29), out for season
05/12/14 3B Ian Stewart Hand 15-day DL (5/11)
04/17/14 P Ryan Brasier Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Brian Moran Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
07/29/14 P T.J. McFarland Personal on the bereavement list
07/11/14 P Ubaldo Jimenez Ankle 15-day DL (7/11)
06/17/14 C Matt Wieters Elbow 15-day DL (5/11), out for season
06/03/14 P Johan Santana Shoulder 60-day DL (6/2), out for season
04/03/14 P Edgmer Escalo Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
03/31/14 LF Francisco Peguero Wrist 15-day DL (3/21)
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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