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MLB Predictons: New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Angels

by Alexander Banks on Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

MLB Predictions Preview … The New York Yankees would like to add to Saturday’s big win and even their four game series with the Los Angeles Angels with another victory Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Right hander Darrell Rasner will be toeing the rubber for the Yankees in this contest. Rasner is 5-8 with a 4.92 ERA so far this season. The Angels will pin their hopes on the pitching of ace right hander John Lackey in this game. Lackey has a 9-2 record and a 2.93 ERA this season.

MLB Predictions Betting Line … Oddsmakers at online sports betting giant Bodog (Bodoglife.com) currently have the Angels listed as -133 money line favorites versus the Yankees, while the game's total has not yet been posted. The Yankees are getting +123 money line odds as a home underdog.

Rasner gave his team a chance to win, but couldn't quite come back from a rough start Tuesday night against the Orioles. He surrendered four earned runs and eight hits, walking three and striking out one. The righty gave up one run in the first inning, but settled down to escape a bases-loaded jam. Rasner said he felt he had to battle from the get-go with his command, but he felt good that he pushed through it to get through six innings plus two batters. He allowed a single and hit a batter to start the seventh inning, and the eventual runs cost the Yankees the lead and gave Rasner the loss.

Lackey delivered one of the finest efforts of his career at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, coming within two outs of his first no-hitter before Dustin Pedroia banged a curveball for a single and Kevin Youkilis whacked a slider for a homer. The big Texan established his fastball early and mixed the off-speed stuff in later. He said he's had better stuff but was delighted with the location after enduring four substandard outings in a row. He feels he's back in sync in his return to Yankee Stadium, where he's 3-3 in seven career starts with a 3.49 ERA. He is 4-7 with a 4.81 ERA overall against the Bronx Bombers.

Four different players hit home runs in leading the Yankees to an 8-2 win over the Angels on Saturday, as -140 favorites. The 10 runs made it OVER the posted over/under (9.5).

Wilson Betemit, Alex Rodriguez, Bobby Abreu and Jose Molina went deep for the Yankees. Mike Mussina was stingy on the mound, allowing two runs off two hits over seven innings for the win.

The Angels were limited to two hits, while Jered Weaver was rocked for six runs over five innings in the loss.

The Angels were +128 underdogs in the contest.

MLB Game Prediction … Angels -133 ml

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