Baseball Betting Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Angels

Baseball Betting Preview:  Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Angels

Sometimes the secret to successful baseball betting is as simple as finding something that works and repeating it until it no longer works. That’s the case today as we’ve got a play in a matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Angels in Interleague baseball action. The Pittsburgh Pirates are having a good season and have improved to second place in the NL Central while the Los Angeles Angels continue to flounder off the pace in the AL West.

Los Angeles will start righthander Joe Blanton in this matchup and he may be the ‘weak link’ in the Angels’ rotation. There’s been talk all year that he’s going to lose his spot in the rotation but for now he’s been able to hold on but that’s been due more to injuries than anything that Blanton has done right. In fact, Blanton has done little right–he’s got a 5.62 ERA overall, a 5.69 ERA at home and the Angels have lost 12 of his 14 starts including 6 of 7 at home.

Charlie Morton gets the assignment for Pittsburgh and he’s something of a question mark–he’s spent most of the year on the DL but looked very good in his first starts of the season with a 1.74 ERA in two games. Based on his full career ‘body of work’ he’s probably not that good but he’s always been a solid pitcher. In any case, he’s facing one of the biggest money losers in baseball this year–Blanton has dropped -13.6 units which is the second worse ‘profit/loss’ statement for a pitcher in all of the Majors (Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels is the only pitcher that has lost more money).

The Angels have bumbled their way to 8-12 in the month of June while Pittsburgh has played well. The Pirates have also destroyed right handed pitching this year (38-22 +22.6 units) and have really taken advantage of matchups against opponents with losing records. Against teams under .500 the Bucs are 24-9 +16.7 units. While many handicappers like to bet on teams in the situation that Los Angeles is in thinking they’ll ‘avoid the sweep’ we see too much upside with the Pittsburgh team and just don’t trust the bumbling Halos.