The Giants and Angels, two teams battling to keep pace with their respective division leaders, open up a three game set in Anaheim tonight. This evening’s series opener is scheduled for a 10:05pm ET start at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The latest MLB Point Spreads have Los Angeles listed as a -108 moneyline favorite while the Over seven runs is drawing -120 odds. San Francisco is listed at -102 moneyline odds to win tonight’s game.
Inter-league action has not gone well for the Giants thus far with the team losing four of its six games opposite American League teams. San Francisco’s most recent woes came over the weekend in Seattle as they dropped two out of three to the Mariners. The Giants won the first game of the series 4-2 but they fell 4-7 on Saturday and 1-2 in yesterday’s rubber match. San Francisco’s record is a still respectable 37-30; however, it trails the division leading Dodgers, who just took two out of three at home against the White Sox, by five games.
The Giants will look to gain on Los Angeles tonight with Matt Cain toeing the rubber. Cain, who sports an 8-2 record and 2.18 ERA, has been outstanding all season long, but he was perfect, literally, in his last start, presiding over a 10-0 win against the Astros in which he did not allow a hit or a walk. Cain also struck out 14 batters in the flawless performance. Cain has yielded just 17 hits and two earned runs in his last four starts (30 2/3 innings pitched); the Giants are 8-0 in his last eight outings.
The red hot Angels, winners in seven of their last 10 games, begin their fourth consecutive inter-league series tonight. Los Angeles is 7-2 since switching to National League competition as it completed a 2-1 series win over the Diamondbacks over the weekend. The Angels won 2-0 on both Saturday and Sunday to improve to 36-31 on the season and remain four games back of the first place Rangers in the AL West standings.
L.A. will counter Cain this evening with 30 year old right hander Jerome Williams. Williams, who is 6-4 with a 4.20 ERA in 12 appearances, has produced some impressive outings this season, but his last two starts certainly would not qualify as good showing. The Hawaii native yielded nine hits and five earned runs (5.2 innings) in a 6-8 loss to the Mariners; his follow up performance was nearly as bad as he gave up six hits and five earned runs in a 2-5 loss to the Dodgers. Williams has been lights out at home this year, though, posting a 5-1 record to go along with a 2.93 ERA in six starts at Angel Stadium.
MLB Point Spreads Betting Trend: The Giants are 4-1 and the Over is 4-1 in Matt Cain’s last five starts as a road dog with a moneyline spread between 100 and 120 and total between 6 and 7 runs.
San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Angels 2012 MLB Point Spreads: Provided by SBG Global
San Francisco Giants -1.5 (+155), Over 7 (-120), -102 (Moneyline)
Los Angeles Angels +1.5 (-175), Under 7 (+100), -108 (Moneyline)