Follow me here: The Angels are 20-25 overall, 9-15 on the road, and even though they’re coming off consecutive wins in Oakland, they have just two three-game winning streaks all season (and it’s May 24). The Mariners are 21-25 overall, 9-9 at home, and they enter tonight having won five of their last six games (including a pair of home victories over first-place Texas, which Seattle held to a total of seven runs in a just-concluded three-game series). And yet Los Angeles is favored.
The Angels tonight are handing the ball to Dan Haren, who is 1-5 with a 4.37 ERA in nine starts (eight of which his team has lost), including 1-2 with 4.63 ERA on the road. The Mariners are handing the ball to Jason Vargas, who is 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA in 10 starts, including 2-0 with a1.27 ERA at home. L.A. has scored nine runs in Haren’s last seven trips to the mound. Seattle scored 10 runs in Vargas’ most recent outing on Saturday. Also, Vargas is a lefty. The Angels are batting .225 this season against southpaws. To repeat: L.A. is favored.
In other words, kids, sometimes two-plus-two doesn’t always equal four. Throw in the fact
Vargas has a 2.39 ERA in 10 career games (nine starts) against the Halos, and I’ll bite with the home underdog.
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Tuesday’s Result: Royals-Yankees UNDER 9 (Loss)
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