|Written by Michael|
Bet on the MLBThe Angels leave the comforts of southern California and fly to the northlands of Minnesota to face the Twins in their home opener this afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10ET at Target Field.
SoCal was anything but home sweet home to the high expectations entering this season for Albert Pujols and the fans in Anaheim. They dropped two of three to Kansas City in their first home series of the year. After an invigorating 5-0 triumph in the first game of the year, they never led in losing the next two.
Saturday, Kansas City scored two in the first inning enroute to a 6-3 Angels loss. On Sunday, the Royals got to Ervin Santana early, posting a 3 run lead in the first, including a two run homer by Billy Butler.
With runners in scoring position Los Angeles was 0-13 with their 3-4-5 hitters. Albert Pujols was 2 for 3 with 2 walks and an RBI. He's at .300 for the year. Howard Kendricks had a strong outing going 3 for 5 and .417 to start the season. In the end, Kansas City prevailed once again 7-3.
Newly acquired from Texas, lefty free agent, C.J. Wilson gets his first start for the Angels on Monday against right hander Nick Blackburn of the Twins. Wilson was perfect in the spring, posting a 4-0 record and 1.11 ERA. Blackburn had an exceptional spring as well, posting a 2.21 ERA over 17 innings and allowing just 11 hits. He struck out 12.
Without the expectations accompanying the Angels, the Twins start was just as disappointing being swept in Baltimore by the Orioles in the seasons first series. They managed a total of only 5 runs in all three games, dropping the first two 4-2 and 8-2 respectively. Not only did they lose Sunday, they were nearly no hit by Jason Hammel, being saved with a double by Justin Morneau to start the eighth inning. The final was 3-1 Orioles.
With this, Los Angeles is -$160 as a road favorite in baseball odds while Minnesota stands at +$150 in their home opener. The moneyline is -$115 on the over/under of 7.5 total runs.