Battle of California – Los Angeles Angels Vs. San Francisco Giants

Greg RiotAnalyst IJune 16, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 27:  Garret Anderson #16 of the Anaheim Angels is forced out by Benito Santiago #33 of the San Francisco Giants as home plate umpire Jerry Crawford makes the call in game seven of the World Series on October 27, 2002 at Edison Field in Anaheim, California.  The Angels won the game 4-1 and the Series 4-3.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. San Francisco Giants 10:15 ET

The nightcap in interleague betting action goes off the board at 10:15 ET on Tuesday night when the AL West representative Angels (33-29, +$537) partake in the second of their three-game sports betting set with the Giants (34-29, +$511). The Halos grabbed the upper hand in the baseball betting series last night after outslugging the Giants 16/15 en route to the 9-7 road victory. The win closed them to within a game of .500 as visitor’s (16-17) where they’ve made MLB bettors $253 on the year. With the AL West leading Texas Rangers off last night, they closed the gap to just two-games in the division. San Francisco has been one of the more decent $$$-makers at home this season, but last night’s loss dropped them to 21-10 overall (+$949), and they trail the NL West Division leading LA Dodgers by 7.5-games. The Angels got on the board first in the 2nd inning of last night’s game, but a seven-run 4th inning allowed them to pull away for good even though the Giants made a valiant effort at the comeback against the Angels 30th ranked bullpen (5.98 ERA). The victory came at a price however, as All Star CF Torii Hunter is listed as day-to-day with a rib injury after crashing into the wall attempting to make a play. LA is 5-6 in the second game of a series if they secured a victory in the opener, while SF is an even 4-4 in Game 2 of a series off a loss the previous day. Last night’s win was rare for the Angels as they’re now just 3-7 their L/10 trips to AT&T Park, while it was only San Francisco’s second loss in their L/11 home games.

Jonathan Sanchez and the Giants currently sit as short -130 home favorites with the ‘total’ set at 9 under -115 according to current BetUS MLB odds.

O’Sullivan is a beefy kid (6’2” 230 pounds) that relies heavily upon the accuracy of his fastball. That pitch dictates whether he can baffle his opponents with his sinker/slider combination and changeup. In 10 starts this season for Triple-A Salt Lake, O’Sullivan went 5-2 with a 6.02 ERA in 10 starts. The 21-year old led the Angels farm system with 16 wins a year ago, and he was their third-round pick of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

Jonathan Sanchez just hasn’t materialized in his 3+ seasons donning the Giants uniform! His stuff is very hittable. He walks way too many batters, and his K’s are way down from a year ago. However, he’s only given up 33 runs (31 earned) in 57.2 total innings of work which is probably why Manager Bruce Bochy continues to march his lefty out to the bump. He’s only earned two wins this season, but they were both attained in tonight’s venue where Sanchez has been much better this season. He’s 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA and has allowed just 24 hits and nine earned runs in his five overall starts.

With the Giants coming off a loss at home where they’ve been one of the better $$$-makers this season, I find it to be a slap in the face that they’re minimal favorites against a rookie in this spot. Sanchez is much better at home, and the Halos will be without two key cogs tonight (Hunter, Guerrero) making their already thin offense even less potent. This is as good a spot as any for the Giants to even this series up, so back the truck up and pounce on SF at this cheap price!!!

MoneyMakers' Recommendation: 4* San Francisco -130 (Sanchez)

(Rating Scale: 1* - 5*)