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San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Angels Matchup 04/20/18

The San Francisco Giants will head east to face the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The game gets underway 10:07 p.m. ET and Fox Sports West will be showing this interleague showdown.

San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Los Angeles (-135) is favored over San Francisco (+125) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds standing at Giants +1.5 runs (-170) and Angels +-1.5 runs (+150).

The Giants are 7-11 SU and are 11-6 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 0.7 units for moneyline bettors over the early part of the year, despite having gained 4.3 units ATS. San Francisco has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Angels, on the other hand, are 13-6 SU and 11-7 ATS. They’ve gained 7.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 5.8 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has cashed in four of those seven.

Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 11-7 so far in 2018. The Giants have an over/under record of 8-9.

Jeff Samardzija is getting the nod for the visiting Giants. The right-handed Samardzija is 0-0 with an ERA. He has yet to face the Angels this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Angels will put the ball in the left hand of Andrew Heaney (0-0, 5.40 ERA, 1.60 WHIP), who has seven strikeouts and one walks this season. Heaney did not record a start against the Giants in 2017.

San Francisco’s pitching staff allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starters own a 3.44 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 7.25 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.59, along with a WHIP of 1.16.

The Giants offense has slashed .230/.290/.348 on its way to 2.8 runs scored per game this year, including 2.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 2.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

San Francisco’s offense has been led by first baseman Brandon Belt and second baseman Joe Panik. Belt is slashing .255/.361/.471 with 13 hits, seven RBIs and five runs scored, while Panik (.290/.362/.468) is up to 18 hits, three homers, four RBIs and eight runs scored.

Putting up a slash line of .223/.313/.400 across 147 plate appearances, Belt seemed to have some trouble hitting lefty pitching in 2017 (his overall season line was .241/.355/.469).

For the home team, Los Angeles’ pitching staff has given up 4.3 runs per game overall this year. The team’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.73, a WHIP of 1.38 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.0. The bullpen has a 3.28 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 8.5 K/9.

The Los Angeles offense has put up 5.6 runs per outing, including 5.2 per game over its last 10 games and 2.6 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .213/.273/.314 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani have led the Angels’ hitters so far. Trout is hitting .270/.382/.554 with six home runs, 13 RBIs and 15 runs scored, while Ohtani’s line is .324/.378/.676 with three homers, 11 RBIs and five runs.

Compared to his total season slash line of .306/.442/.629, Trout performed well against righties at home in 2017, slashing .352/.468/.753 over 203 such plate appearances.

The Giants have gained 0.4 units and are 8-4 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to five that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 6.0 units and are 9-5 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in nine of those games, compared to five that’ve gone under.

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Angels Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Angels, ATS Winner – Giants, O/U – OVER


Betting Notes

San Francisco has recorded 16.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 14.4 over its last five.

The Giants have hit six home runs in their last 10 games, including five over their last five.


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