MLB Predictions: Los Angeles Angels vs. Baltimore Orioles

The Los Angeles Angels (27-36) and Baltimore Orioles (35-28) will open up a three-game American League series Monday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Baltimore Orioles

The Los Angeles Angels are 33-23 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 since 2011
The Los Angeles Angels are 33-23 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 since 2011

Los Angeles has dropped seven of its last 10 games, including a 10-5 defeat to the Boston Red Sox as +152 road underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the total for a fourth consecutive contest.  The Angels have won only six of the 21 series they’ve played this season, which has placed them nine games below .500 and 10.5 games back in the AL West standings.  The club was 33-30 and already rebounded from its poor start at this point in 2012.  Los Angeles is 33-23 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 28-25-3 in that situation.

Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (1-1, 3.13 ERA) has led the club to victory in both of his outings since returning from the 15-day disabled list, including a no-decision effort in a 4-3 home win over the Chicago Cubs last time out.  The right-hander is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in two road appearances, issuing six walks and striking out six batters in 11 combined frames.  In nine career starts versus the Orioles, Weaver has compiled a 6-3 record and 2.76 ERA, including a 2-1 mark and 6.19 ERA in three appearances at this venue.

Baltimore snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up a 10-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays as +126 road underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in four contests.  “We were just being aggressive,” commented Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy.  “It felt good.”  The Orioles have the second-most extra-base hits in baseball, trailing only the Boston Red Sox in that category.  The club has dropped four of its last six home games against the Angels, but took three of four to open up the 2013 season series in Anaheim.  Baltimore is 5-5 as home underdogs of +100 to +125, with the OVER going 5-3-2 in that situation.

Orioles starting pitcher Freddy Garcia (2-3, 4.70 ERA) was handed a 11-7 road loss to the Houston Astros last time out, as he allowed six runs and seven hits over three frames, while serving up four home runs.  The right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.80 ERA in four home efforts, with opposing hitters batting just .209 against him.  In 29 career games versus the Angels, Garcia has compiled a terrific 16-3 record and 2.66 ERA, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 5-4 road win on May 4.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the OVER is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Baltimore.

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