C.J. Wilson: Los Angeles Angels SP Has Been Getting It Done on the Road

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 9: C.J. Wilson #33 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins during the home opener on April 9, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels defeated the Twins 5-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Jeff GrantContributor IApril 14, 2012

The Los Angeles Angels (2-5) and New York Yankees (4-3) are set to play the second game of a three-game set on Saturday afternoon inside Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET on FOX.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have established the Yankees as -123 home favorites and the total stands at 9.5.

Los Angeles starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (1-0, 1.29 ERA) picked up a 5-1 road victory over the Minnesota Twins in his first outing in a new uniform on Monday, but the result certainly wasn't surprising to most. The left-hander paced the American League with a 2.31 ERA on the road during the 2011 campaign.

Wilson also endeared himself to the fan base quickly during his six Cactus League starts, posting a perfect 4-0 mark and 1.11 ERA, allowing just three earned runs over 24.1 innings.

Sports bettors will love that he's throwing in umpire James Hoye's zone in this contest, as he picked up an 8-1 home victory over the Oakland Athletics as a member of the Texas Rangers last year on Sept. 11.  The 31-year-old fanned 11 batters and issued just a single walk in that affair.

The Angels are definitely not a sure thing due to their 4-13 record inside the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Phil Hughes (0-1, 3.86 ERA) will look to start off on a better foot in front of the home crowd this year, as he tallied a 1-2 record and 7.83 ERA in seven starts inside this venue last year.

He will need to be careful pitching to Angels outfielder Vernon Wells, who is 8-for-25 with two home runs and seven RBIs against him.

It's still important to note that the Yankees are 27-7 in his last 34 starts as a home favorite.

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