The Los Angeles Angels were the preseason favorites to win the American League pennant and behind only the Philadelphia Phillies to win the World Series. But the Halos have been baseball's biggest disappointment and sit in the cellar of the AL West with one of the worst records in baseball.
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But the Angels were good to the book last week as Bovada's biggest win of any MLB game came in a Los Angeles loss. For Friday's series opener at the Cleveland Indians, the Angels were big -155 road favorites because they were starting ace Jered Weaver, last year's AL Cy Young runner-up. Weaver did his part with six shutout innings, but the bullpen blew a 2-0 lead as Cleveland won 3-2 on an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI walk-off single. That apparently was rock bottom for the Halos as they cut Bobby Abreu and his $9 million owed afterward and called up super-prospect Mike Trout. For that game the Angels took a 93 percent lean on the money line and 94 percent on the run line at minus-1.5 (+110).
The most-wagered game of the week also was a big win for the book. Thursday's Nationals at Padres matchup saw the Nats go off as -115 favorites and take 85 percent of the action. Washington took 89 percent of the lean on the run line at minus-1.5. The final score: Padres 2, Nationals 1, which started Washington on a four-game losing streak it carries into Tuesday's series opener vs. the Diamondbacks.
Really there were no big wins for bettors among the book's top-five most-wagered games from last week. But the top prop of the week for players was Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg's nine-strikeout effort (over/under 5.5) on Saturday in his no-decision at the L.A. Dodgers.
Early-Week Live Betting Games
There are no games at the book available for live play-by-play betting on Tuesday, but there are three offerings on Wednesday: New York Mets at Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees and Miami Marlins at San Francisco Giants.
The Orioles have been a pleasant surprise with the second-best record in the AL entering this week and tied with the Tampa Bay Rays atop the AL East. But the O's had a pretty soft schedule in April. That all changes in May, as after this Yankees series the Orioles visit the suddenly hot Boston Red Sox, then host MLB's best team, the Rangers, followed by those Rays and the Yanks again. In fact, the Orioles only play five games this month vs. a non-contender, that being terrible Kansas City.
On Wednesday, the Yankees start Ivan Nova, who has won his past 15 decisions dating to last year, the longest streak in the bigs. Nova was actually knocked around in his last start, but the Yanks rallied to give him a no-decision.
Pretty much all of New York's starters not named CC Sabathia have been knocked around so far as the Yankee rotation has an ERA around 6.00. The Yankees are hoping Andy Pettitte will stabilize that group whenever Pettitte is ready to be called up from the minors (could be next week). If Pettitte, who last pitched in a major-league game in October 2010 and will turn 40 on June 15, can't do that, expect New York to be very active in trade talks for an arm.
The Marlins, meanwhile, have been the NL version of the Angels as Miami sits at the bottom of the NL East and has lost eight of nine after Monday's 9-5 defeat against the Diamondbacks. Those five runs were the most the Marlins had scored since April 19, which was their last win before this lousy nine-game stretch. Jose Reyes has been as big of a free-agent bust as the Angels' Albert Pujols, with Reyes hitting just .220 with three RBIs.
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