Baseball Betting Picks at VietBet – Angels Pitcher Richards is Hot!
By Charles Jay
You couldn’t possibly be pitching much better lately than Garrett Richards of the Los Angeles Angels. He has not only been hard to hit, but he has also been very difficult to make contact against lately as well. His opponent in Friday’s game in Anaheim is Joe Saunders of the Texas Rangers, who hasn’t had any luck when it has come to beating the team he used to play for. The baseball betting action for this weekend features these teams, and this opener on Friday night is set to begin at 10:05 PM ET at Angel Stadium.
The Angels are a team that has desperately tried to prove that it is worth the huge payroll. They are 38-33 and in second place in the American League West, where they are six games behind the Oakland Athletics, who, as most fans of “Moneyball” know, have a much lower salary scale. Los Angeles is tied for first place in the AL’s wild card race, which produces two teams.
Can the Rangers re-assume control of a division it had dominated on the way to appearing in two World Series? Maybe not, but with the wild cards they are never very far from being a contender. For the moment they might just be satisfied to get back to the .500 level as they are two games under at 35-37, which has them 9.5 games in back of Oakland.
In the baseball betting lines that have been posted by VietBet on this game, the Angels are the favorites:
Los Angeles Angels (Richards – R) -185
Texas Rangers (Saunders – L) +175
Under 8.5 Runs -125
Over 8.5 Runs +105
Richards probably wishes that June would never end. That is because he has been almost unstoppable during the month, with a 0.43 ERA in three starts, and he has also recorded 23 strikeouts in 21 innings. He has given the Halos a big boost on the mound that was perhaps unexpected as they are putting themselves in position for an AL playoff spot.
Richards is hot – there is no doubt about it. And that could be a scary proposition for the Rangers, who offer almost no support whatsoever for Saunders, who is still looking for his first victory of the season. The southpaw hasn’t pitched all that badly (3.46 ERA), but Texas has averaged only 1.73 runs during his starts, and VietBet customers realize that isn’t going to get it done all that often. .
The flipside, for those baseball bettors who are interested, is that the Rangers have exhibited some real dominance over the Angels. In fact, they have won 14 of the last 17 meetings they have played against each other. Interestingly enough, Saunders may hold the key to dealing with the Angels’ lineup this season. He has been able to tame Mike Trout, the catalyst who is on a 13-game hitting streak at the moment, as Trout has two hits in twelve at bats against him. And the other two members of L.A.’s “Big Three” (Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols) are just four of 27 against Saunders.
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