MLB Baseball: New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels Preview, Prediction & Odds -- Aug. 30, 2021

by Chuck Sommers

Game time: 9:38 p.m. ET
Venue: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
Where to watch: YES, Bally Sports West

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks


DraftKings: Yankees -145, Angels +125
BetMGM: NL
FanDuel: NL

Season record (as of Sunday night)
Yankees: 76-53 (2nd place, AL East)
Angels: 64-67 (4th place, AL West)

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Yankees - Angels preview and analysis


Recent form (as of Sunday night)
Yankees: 9-1 in last 10
Angels: 4-6 in last 10

It was about as of a dominant response as the Los Angeles Angels could’ve put together.

And it all happened without Shohei Ohtani registering a single hit.

But the Angels didn’t need their MVP on Saturday. Jared Walsh drove in three runs, and Justin Upton recorded his 1,000th RBI of his MLB career to give the Angels a 10-2 win over the San Diego Padres at Angel Stadium on Saturday.

It was a much-needed bounce-back effort after L.A. got blanked 5-0 to the Padres on Friday, the beginning of their two-game set.

That ended a three-game losing streak, but the Angels have still lost six of eight and the road doesn’t get any easier. Good news is they’ll be at home for the next week and some change starting Monday. The Angels will welcome the New York Yankees to the home of Disneyland for a three-game series.

Angels manager Joe Maddon has needed to change things up in order to get some offense going while still having to deal with the absences of Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon. One noticeable change was moving Ohtani, the usual leadoff hitter to No. 2 after top contact hitter David Fletcher.

Ohtani is expected to take the mound Tuesday.

While the results haven’t produce much for Ohtani, Fletcher is hoping to get back to that .300 clip he was at for most of this season; he’s batting .292 after a 2-for-5 day on Saturday night.

The Angels have yet to name a starting pitcher for this matchup.

But on the Yankees’ side, their rotation will get a huge boost with the return of two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the rotation, and he will start Monday. Kluber has not pitched since late May after leaving with shoulder stiffness in his right shoulder. The 35-year-old Kluber pitched a no-hitter May 19 against the Texas Rangers, then lasted only three innings his next start.

Kluber, should he stay healthy, will provide a bunch to a Yankees team that has gotten great pitching at the right time. Gerrit Cole is putting together a Cy Young-worthy season himself (13-6, 2.80 ERA, 200 strikeouts); Jordan Montgomery has been a solid .500 pitcher, and quality starts have been had from Jameson Taillon.

If the Yankees can get solid outings from the middle of the rotation, that will launch them into AL contender status. New York holds the top wild-card spot by two games over the Boston Red Sox. At the time of publishing, the Yankees’ series finale against the Oakland Athletics has just gotten underway, and the Yankees trail the Tampa Bay Rays by 5.5 games for first place in the American League East.

New York will return to Yankee Stadium on Friday for a three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles.

Prediction


The Yankees won’t have to travel much for this one, and the way New York’s bats have clicked as of late, it’s hard to think the power won’t travel. Aaron Judge is one of the hottest hitters on the planet right now; Giancarlo Stanton’s power has returned with an even bigger pop. Now with the rotation rounded out, barring any crazy injuries, expect Kluber to come back excited, a tad nervous and likely to give up some runs. But the Yankees bats will carry them to victory.

Betting trends


The Yankees are 35-26 (+1.4 units) when the money line favors them from -100 to -150.

As an underdog between +125 and +175, the Angels are 15-19 (+2.5 units).

Players to watch


Yankees: The Joey Gallo experience has not panned out so far. The power hitter acquired from the Texas Rangers has batted .159 in the month of August, but does have five home runs and 11 RBI. You’re at least getting what you somewhat hoped for.

Angels: Is this a sign of things to come for Jared Walsh? He’s hit two homers in his past four games, giving him a grand total of … four in the last two months. He’s still at 24 for the season.

Projected lineup


Yankees:
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Giancarlo Stanton (R) DH
Aaron Judge (R) RF
Joey Gallo (L) LF
Luke Voit (R) 1B
Gary Sanchez (R) C
Brett Gardner (L) CF
Gio Urshela (R) 3B
Tyler Wade (L) SS

Angels:
David Fletcher (R) 2B
Shohei Ohtani (L) DH
Phil Gosselin (R) 3B
Jo Adell (R) RF
Jared Walsh (L) 1B
Justin Upton (R) LF
Kurt Suzuki (R) C
Brandon Marsh (L) CF
Jack Mayfield (R) SS

Statistical leaders


Yankees:
Batting average: Aaron Judge (.295)
Hits: DJ LeMahieu (130)
Home runs: Aaron Judge (29)
RBI: Aaron Judge (72)
Stolen bases: Gleyber Torres (12)
Wins: Gerrit Cole (13)
Saves: Aroldis Chapman (24)
ERA: Gerrit Cole (2.80)

Angels:
Batting average: David Fletcher (.292)
Hits: David Fletcher (149)
Home runs: Shohei Ohtani (41)
RBI: Shohei Ohtani (89)
Stolen bases: Shohei Ohtani (20)
Wins: Shohei Ohtani (8)
Saves: Raisel Iglesias (27)
ERA: Shohei Ohtani (3.00)

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Chuck Sommers

About the Author:

Chuck Sommers has camped outside of sportsbooks since he can remember, learning the tricks and nuances of the trade. He still has nightmares of betting $5,000 on the Raiders in the Tuck Rule game but has since turned that to 25 years of veteran handicapping greatness. You can find him mostly in the shadows at the Red Rock or Aliante casinos wondering if the over is cashing on any given Sunday.

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