MLB Picks 2012: San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Angels

The San Francisco Giants (38-31) and Los Angeles Angels (37-32) will close out a three-game interleague series on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 ET

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Angels 

Los Angeles Angels SP Jered Weaver has been nearly untouchable at home in 2012

San Francisco has dropped the first two games of this interleague series, including a 12-5 setback on Tuesday night.  The Giants are now 2-3 on their current nine-game road trip, but are certainly capable of winning the series finale, especially with outfielder Melky Cabrera tied for first in the majors with a .369 batting average.  “This guy has been a machine for us,” stated Giants manager Bruce Bochy.  He has managed to get just three hits in 15 career at-bats against tonight’s opposing starter.  San Francisco is 4-3 as a road underdog of +125 to +150, with the “over” going 5-2 in that situation.

Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (6-2, 2.29 ERA) has led the club to eight consecutive wins, including a 4-2 road victory over the Seattle Mariners last time out, giving up two runs and four hits over seven frames.  The right-hander has tallied a perfect 3-0 record and 3.48 ERA in five road outings, surrendering just two home runs in 33.2 combined innings.  In three interleague starts in 2012, Vogelsong has put together a perfect 3-0 mark and 1.25 ERA.

Los Angeles broke out in a big way offensively in its last contest, especially considering the lineup totaled just 14 runs over its previous seven games.  “We have to start swinging the bats, and we did that,” stated Angels manager Mike Scioscia.  Coming into Tuesday’s action, first baseman Albert Pujols has been swinging the bat with confidence since May 5, batting .295 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs.  He has gone 6 for 15 in his career against Vogelsong.  Los Angeles is 9-5 versus NL opponents this year.

Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (6-1, 2.61 ERA) will be making his first start since May 28, spending time on the disabled list with a strained lower back.  The right-hander has tallied a perfect 4-0 record and 0.83 ERA in five home outings, with opponents hitting just .139 against him.  Weaver will be facing the Giants for the first time in his career, but has gone 11-3 with a 2.74 ERA against NL opponents during his time in Anaheim.

Bettors will likely back the Angels due to their 46-20 mark in interleague play, while the Giants are 1-4 in their last five games as an underdog versus AL foes.

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