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Angels and White Sox Clash in California

Greg RiotAnalyst IMay 26, 2009

Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels 10:05 ET

After scoring a total of nine-run in its three-game interleague sports betting series with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Chicago White Sox (20-24, -$487) erupted for 17 runs against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (23-21, +$416) last night en route to just its eighth road victory of the season. Scott Podsednik, Alexei Ramirez, Jermaine Dye, and Jim Thome all had huge nights accounting for 12 hits and 13 RBI’s combined. The win was the Palehose fifth in their L/7 games played after dropping seven of its previous eight. At 20-24 on the year, Chicago has cost its betting backers a shade under $500 with a bulk of that deficit coming on the road. Ervin Santana was dreadful in his third start of the season lasting just one inning while allowing nine hits and seven earned runs. The blow-out came as a big surprise after the Halos just went into Dodgers Stadium over the weekend and took two of three from their in-state rivals. Now sitting just two-games over .500, Manager Mike Scioscia’s club sits three games in back of the AL West leading Texas Rangers. The Angels haven’t been as dominant at home this season, 12-9, but they sit in the green having made MLB bettors upwards of $200 as a host. These clubs split the 10 games they played against one another right down the middle last season.

Joe Saunders and the Angels currently sit as gargantuan -190 home favorites over Bartolo Colon and the White Sox with the ‘total’ set at 9 under -115 according to current BetUS MLB odds for the second of this three-game set.

Bartolo Colon will toe the rubber of his old stomping grounds coming off one of the worst starts in his storied career. The righty allowed seven hits and eight runs (1 earned) in just two innings of work in the 20-1 beat down the Minnesota Twins dished out at US Cellular Field last Thursday afternoon. Chicago has failed to tally a victory in any of his four road starts this season, and he comes into his ninth start of the year 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA and 1.82 WHIP as a visitor. This will be his first start against the Halos since 2003.

Joe Saunders bounced back from his worst start of the year his last time out against Seattle. He limited the Mariners to just four hits through seven solid innings of work, and the bullpen helped him pick-up his sixth victory of the season in shut-out fashion. The south-paws been lights out at home going 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, and he’s 2-1 with a 3.96 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in four career starts against the White Sox.

The Angels were humiliated in their own backyard last night. That won’t sit well with the defending AL West champs, and I foresee them getting to Colon in his return to Angels Stadium. That said; Saunders allowed seven and four earned runs after each of his previous two shut-out performances this season. Look for both clubs sticks to show up tonight and for the combined score of this game to easily surpass the current number.

MoneyMakers’s Recommendation: 3* Chicago/Los Angeles Over 9 -115

(Rating Scale: 1* - 5*)

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