We’ll side with the surging Los Angeles Angels Tuesday as they look to gain more ground on the Texas Rangers in the AL West. The Angels try to win for the seventh time in nine games and move over .500 for the first time in 3 1/2 weeks against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. This recent run has pulled them within 1 1/2 games of Texas. While Jason Marquis has been solid at home, he has struggled on the road. Marquis is 3-2 with a 4.67 ERA and 1.500 WHIP in nine road starts this year. Joel Pineiro has been steady all season for Los Angeles, going 3-3 with a 3.84 ERA in 11 starts. Marquis is 0-1 with an 18.92 ERA and 3.303 WHIP in one lifetime start versus Los Angeles, while Pineiro sports a 2.70 ERA and 1.170 WHIP in five lifetime starts versus Washington. The Nationals are 7-24 (-16.2 Units) against the money line as a road underdog of +100 to +125 over the last 2 seasons. Washington is 7-25 (-16.2 Units) against the money line in road games revenging a one run loss to opponent over the last 3 seasons. The Angels are 16-4 (+13.2 Units) against the money line vs. an NL team with an on base percentage .325 or worse over the last 3 seasons. The Nationals are 7-21 in their last 28 interleague road games. The Angels are 60-27 in their last 87 interleague games. Los Angeles is 31-11 in their last 42 interleague games vs. a team with a winning record. The Angels are 11-1 in Pineiro’s last 12 starts as a home favorite. Take the Angels on the Money Line.
We’ll side with the Baltimore Orioles Friday fresh off their extra-innings victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last night. This gives them some momentum going into Game 1 of this series with Washington, who are about to have their winning streak come to an end. Baltimore sends their best starter to the mound tonight. Zach Britton is 6-4 with a 3.18 ERA and 1.232 WHIP in 13 starts this year for the Orioles. He allowed just 1 earned run in 6 1/3 innings in his last start, and should have no problem shutting down this weak Nationals lineup. The Orioles have already seen Jason Marquis this season, tagging him for 5 earned runs and 11 base runners in 4 innings on 5/20/2011. Having already faced him once is a huge advantage for Baltimore going into this one, because Britton has never pitched against Washington. Baltimore is 20-11 (+9.3 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a losing record this season. The Orioles are 7-1 in Britton’s last 8 starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Nationals are 1-6 in their last 7 interleague games vs. a team with a losing record. Baltimore is 6-1 in their last 7 interleague games. Take the Orioles on the Money Line.