The Los Angeles Angels had big things in mind for 2018. It’s not too late, but we’re already past the halfway point of the regular season, and key injuries have the Halos (43-42, minus-7.14 betting units) barely above .500 as they prepare for a three-game series against their AL West rivals, the Seattle Mariners (54-31, plus-21.10 units). Game 3 is Thursday night at 10 PM ET on ESPN Plus.
The Angels should have pitching/hitting phenom Shohei Ohtani (.907 OPS) back in the lineup by Thursday, although he’ll be limited to DH duties after missing most of June with a sprained UCL in his left elbow. Tyler Skaggs (2.64 ERA) is projected to start the series finale against the Mariners; despite his strong pitching, Los Angeles is only 9-7 in his 16 starts for a paltry profit of 0.02 units.
Fellow southpaw Marco Gonzales (3.77 ERA) is due up for Seattle in what’s been a charmed season in the Pacific Northwest. The M’s are 26-11 this year in one-run games and 8-0 in extra innings, and they’re 11-6 behind Gonzales for 3.98 units in earnings. The Angels and their woeful bullpen are just 1-7 in extra innings this season.