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New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels
Where and when: Angels Stadium, Los Angeles, California, Wednesday, 10:07 pm EST
The New York Yankees will play game three of a four-game set versus the Los Angeles Angels at Angels Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday night at 10:07 pm EST.
The Yankees were able to break a 2-2 tie in the 14th inning in which to win their fourth-in-a-row thanks to a key hit by Gio Urshela, which bought in two runs for New York. And while the Angels were able to plate a run in the bottom of the inning off Aroldis Chapman, who blew his first save of the year, Jonathan Holder was able to pitch well out of the bullpen in which to pick up his first win of the year. JA Happ suffered the no-decision despite going seven innings, allowing a homer along with two earned runs on just three hits, in addition to also recording six strikeouts for an ERA of 5.96.
The losing for the Angels continue as they were not able find much momentum versus Happ in finishing with seven hits in their game one showdown. Matt Harvey also pitched well for the Angels in allowing two earned in six innings of play; However, allowed a homer for the contest while his ERA ballooned to over eight for the game. Jonathan Lucroy had two RBI’s for the game while Mike Trout went 1-4 in the loss. Albert Pujols went 0-5 and is batting only .222 on the year.
Pena seeking to right the ship for the Angels with much-needed win
The Los Angeles Angels will bring Felix Pena (0-1) to the mound for game three. The thing that sticks out, initially, for Pena is that the right-hander has averaged less than five innings per start this year while possessing an ERA of 4.15. Furthermore, he is coming off a three earned run performance in a 5-3 loss versus the Seattle Mariners to where he received the no-decision. Pena also gave up two homers in the matchup versus Seattle, his fourth long-ball given up this year.
FINAL: Yankees 4, Angels 3
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 23, 2019
Pena earned a spot within the rotation thanks to injuries to Tyler Skaggs (ankle) along with Andrew Heaney (elbow). And while he has not been overly stellar on the hill thus far, it will be accurate to state that he has been up and down, overall, throughout his performances in 2019. Furthermore, his performances have resulted in no-decisions in his last four home starts.
Pena has very little experience in facing the New York Yankees. Nonetheless, Brett Gardner, Giancarlo Stanton, along with DJ LeMahieu are a combined 0-5 versus the right-hander.
No pitcher determined for Yankees
The Yankees have not assigned a pitcher at this point for game two. However, New York has been pounding the strike zone since the season began in racking up 225 strikeouts on the year, good for 2nd overall.
And while they are ranked middle of the road as it relates to quality starts, thus far, and have certainly allowed their fair share of errors on defense, New York’s pitching unit continues to hold on to a respectable 3.23 ERA along with a 1.23 WHIP. In fact, the unit has allowed three runs of less in six of their last nine outings.
Ursh ends the long night. pic.twitter.com/xiHJePK264
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 23, 2019
Masahiro Tanaka leads the team with a 2.76 ERA for the year along with a 1.23 WHIP. However, Domingo German leads the unit in wins with three on the year. James Paxton (2-2) has also picked up some wins early in the season on 29 innings pitched. He has also allowed 11 earned runs during this time while possessing an ERA of 3.10.
- NYY is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings.
- LAA is 1-7 in their last 8 overall.
- LAA is 1-7 in their last 8 games on grass.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
With Trout being the only source of reliable offense for the Angels, look for their struggles to continue in game two as the Yankees will pull out yet another slim victory in the end. Pena should hold it down on the mound for the Angels early on while the Yankees have relied on their pitching staff all year in which to neutralize opposing batters. With that being the case, look for New York to step up at some point in the game while tipping the scales for a victory, as this has certainly been the case lately.
Prediction: Pick: New York Yankees
Full-Game Total Pick
I will look for the under to be the strong play in this matchup, particularly with both offenses continuing to perform inconsistently at this point in the season. Aside from Trout, the Angels have no semblance of reliable offense to speak of. As stated, the Yankees continue to house most of their huge impact players within injured reserve. In all, look for this to be a low-scoring and defensive-minded affair amongst these teams on Wednesday night as the under will be the strong play.
Prediction: Pick: Under