The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been a massive disappointment so far this season, but on Friday they should shine at home against the Seattle Mariners. Angels starter C.J. Wilson thrives against sub-par line-ups. Last year, when he faced teams with a winning percentage under .500 he was nearly unbeatable, going 7-1. This season, his lone win came against a weak Houston Astros side. The Mariners offence is particularly bad against lefties like Wilson, hitting .189 in 212 versus southpaws.
Seattle will counter with Aaron Harang, who has been a train wreck in his first two starts for the Mariners (which also happened to be his first two starts for an American League team since 2003). Even the underachieving Los Angeles line-up, which to their credit has swung the bat well at home (.293 batting average), should thrive in these circumstances. The choice here is the Angels at 1.61.
When Tommy Milone gets a home start for the Oakland A’s, as he does tonight against the Baltimore Orioles, he’s always a good pick. Milone’s home-road splits are huge. At home in 2012 he was 7-4 with a 2.74 ERA versus 6-6 with a 4.83 ERA away. This year the difference has been even more pronounced: at O.co Stadium, he’s 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA. He should be happy to see Baltimore come to town. In his only start against the Orioles last year, he threw very well, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing just one run.
Another plus for the A’s: they’ve hit left-handers (like Orioles starter Wei-Yi Chen) very well this season. Against lefties they have a .298 batting average and a very robust .538 slugging percentage. The A’s, who produced a .600 winning percentage in their first ten home games, should build on that success. They’re the pick at 1.75.