New York Yankees versus Los Angeles Angels (April 23 2019)
The New York Yankees head to Los Angeles with a 10-10 record through games played April 20.
They face an Angels team that is 8-13 and last in the American League West. J.A. Happ is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees and Matt Harvey is scheduled for the Angels.
Offensively the Yankees have belted 36 home runs and have scored 102 runs for an average of 5.1 per game.
Gabby Sanchez leads the team in home runs with six. Clint Frazier leads the in RBI with 14 with a .351 average and five home runs.
Brett Gardner has also shown surprising power with five home runs along with Aaron Judge, who is day to day with an oblique injury.
Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres have contributed four home runs to this powerful attack.
On the mound, J.A. Happ has struggled in the early going this season. He’s 0-2 with a 7.23 ERA, allowing six home runs in only 18 2/3 innings.
The bull pen has ben quite solid, lead by closer Aroldys Chapman, who has three saves and nine strikeouts in seven innings.
Luis Cessa and Adam Ottavino have combined to allow only three earned runs in 19 1/3 innings of work. The Yankees have allowed 74 runs for an average of 3.9 per game.
The Angels are hitting .236 as a team with 22 home runs and 88 runs scored for an average of 4.2 runs per game.
Mike Trout is off to a great start with six home runs, 14 RBI and a .315 batting average.
Kole Calhoun and Tommy La Stella have contributed four home runs each and 39-year old Albert Pujols has three home runs and 11 RBI.
Much like J.A. Happ, Matt Harvey has struggled this season. He’s 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA and has allowed 26 hits and four home runs in 18 2/3 innings.
Some of the bull pen has been solid, with closer Cody Allen registering four saves and an ERA under three.
Luis Garcia, Noe Ramirez and Ty Buttrey have allowed only two earned runs in 26 innings. All told, the Angels have allowed 101 runs for an average of 4.8 per game.
This game should be an above average scoring game with the potential to be high scoring if the two starters continue to struggle.
An average outcome is around 5 runs for the Yankees and 4 runs for the Angels.
That would be considered an average to slightly above average total. This game will not be on the low scoring end.
I would lean towards more of a 6 or 7 run total for the Yankees and 4 or 5 for the Angels, making for a high scoring contest.
And for all those reasons, Im taking the OVER.