Angels vs. Phillies MLB Odds, Pick & Preview: Can Philadelphia Complete the Sweep? (Sunday, June 5)
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- The Angels are looking to snap a 10-game losing streak while the Phillies are looking to finish off a sweep.
- The matchups slightly favor Philadelphia, but an unpredictable bullpen makes the Phillies a tough team to back.
- Jules Posner breaks it down below.
Angels vs. Phillies Odds
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Just when you thought the Los Angeles Angels were turning a corner, they starting Angels-ing harder than any Angels have Angeled. The losers of 10 straight games look to get back in the win column and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies are winners of two straight since firing manager Joe Girardi and they’ll look to continue to flourish in the post-Girardi era, by racking up another W against the floundering Angels.
Patrick Sandoval looks to be the stopper for the Angels as Kyle Gibson takes the hill for the Phillies in the final game of this three game interleague series.
Los Angeles Angels: Offense Struggling to Score
The Angels’ slide continues and it’s no coincidence that this losing streak has been exacerbated without the presence of Anthony Rendon. The Angels are now 2-12 without their star third baseman, which is really bad. That’s just my expert opinion.
However, the Angels’ offense seems to be in a considerable slide as they have posted just five runs over their past five games and also have a pretty uncharacteristic 80 wRC+ as a team over the past few weeks on the road against RHP.
Patrick Sandoval takes the mound for the Angels and he may be the guy to help them stop their losing streak. Over 16 1/3 road innings this season Sandoval has posted a 2.20 ERA, but a 3.64 FIP. He has outperformed his peripherals a little, but the Phillies have really struggled against LHP at home over the past month.
Unfortunately, the Angels’ bullpen has been among the league’s worst over the past few weeks, so if this is a regression start for Sandoval, there isn’t much hope the Angels’ pen will be able to keep them in the game.
Philadelphia Phillies: Can Gibson Stay Hot at Home?
The Phillies look to keep the good vibes going now that Joe Girardi has been sent packing, but their offense against LHP at home is a concern. Over the past month they have an 81 team wRC+ against LHP at home which is 26th in MLB.
Fortunately, Kyle Gibson will make the home start for the Phillies and he’s really enjoyed pitching at Citizen’s Bank Park this season. Over 30 1/3 innings he’s posted a 2.37 ERA and a 3.08 FIP at home. Additionally, he hasn’t surrendered more than two runs in any home start this season.
Although the Phillies offense has been struggling against LHP at home, they still have some talented individual bats and they’ve been beating up on Angels’ pitching in this series.
Unfortunately, the Phillies bullpen is perpetually one of the worst in MLB and even when the Phillies have leads, their ‘pen can’t be trusted to hold them.
This game is a tough one to call because the Angels are free falling, the Phillies are weak against LHP at home, both starting pitchers are solid in their given situations and neither bullpen can be trusted to maintain an under.
The Phillies opened as favorites and considering the Angels have lost 10 straight, it’s really hard to back them because they are at a slight disadvantage in every aspect of this match up. I reluctantly recommend the Phillies moneyline. It’s around -120 now, but shouldn’t be played beyond that. I’ll probably sit this one out though.
Pick: Phils ML -120