MLB Match-up of the Day: Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees

After seeing rookie starting pitcher Garrett Richards get a rude MLB awakening at Yankee Stadium last night, the Los Angeles Angels (64-53) will try out another rookie pitcher in the Game 3 series wrap against the New York Yankees (70-45) with the hopes of a better outing than the 9-3 loss experienced Wednesday evening in the Bronx.

Tyler Chatwood (6-8, 4.10 ERA) will face off against Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.33 ERA), as the Yankees try to build off their first win in 4 outings and will look to former Angels’ starter Colon to provide another home victory against the struggling Chatwood.

Chatwood has given up 11 runs in his last 12 innings pitched, including getting wrung up for 5 runs over 6 1/3 innings in a 5-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners, owners of the league’s worst offense. He’ll need to do much better against Colon, who has given up 2 runs in each of his last 3 starts (2-0), and pitched a short (4 innings) but solid game against Boston in a 3-2 victory on August 5th.

Betting lines at Intertops Sportsbook:

As would be expected, New York is the favorite for this game, with a lofty -210 odds on the money line. Though Tyler Chatwood gets his Angels a money-making +185 odds to win, betting on the Angels in this match-up would be a very tough call, especially when expecting the Yankees’ bats to continue to do damage to the Angels’ young starters.

Over/under for the game is set at 9.5 runs, (-105 over, -115 under). While expecting Chatwood to get scratched up a bit in this outing, also expect the Los Angeles Angels to know a thing or two about Colon, who spent 4 years with Los Angeles.
Our Pick to Win: New York covers the points spread at -1.5 runs (-115), as the Angels fall a few runs short of the strong offensive production dished out by the Yankees.

Players to Watch, New York:

Curtis Granderson, CF – Granderson is slumping a bit this past week, hitting just .227 (5 for 22), but has had fair success against the Angels hitting .278 with 3 home runs and 5 RBIs in 18 at-bats, not to mention the 2 homers he hit last night alone. Granderson is the best power option on the Yankees’ roster, maintaining a .343 average in August with 3 homers and 13 RBIs thus far.

Robinson Cano, 2B – The hard-hitting 2011 Home Run Derby Champion is matching Granderson’s .343 pace for August, and has fared well against the Los Angeles Angels, hitting .300 (6-20) with 2 homers and 3 RBIs. No doubt he’ll want to set up and produce tonight at home against the rookie Tyler Chatwood, and continue to boost the Yankees’ second-highest runs average in the MLB at home.

Players to Watch, Los Angeles:

Mark Trumbo, 1B – Perhaps the brightest spot for the Angels, Trumbo is hitting .261 with 22 homers and 63 RBIs in his first full season of play. He comes off a .409 hitting week, and has had good success against New York hitting .333 this year. If Los Angeles stands a chance of winning tonight, Trumbo’s name will need to be on the list of players generating RBIs and runs.

Torii Hunter, RF – He’s coming off one of his best weeks of the year, going 13-for 23 for a .565 batting average. However, his low RBI totals (0) over that span shows that the heart of the order hasn’t been on base enough for him to make those hits count, and the bottom-half isn’t producing enough to knock him in when he gets on base.

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