Baseball Picks: May 12th 2013
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Pick: Los Angeles Angels vs. Chicago White Sox Over 7.5
The total on this game is set far too low considering the way these teams matchup today. The Angels have a .282 batting average against left handed starters and they are averaging almost 5 runs per game. The White Sox are batting .260 against lefties and averaging 4.5 runs per game. While CJ Wilson and Chris Sale have been solid this season, there is no chance either of these guys will throw a shutout.
While the Angels record is nowhere near most people thought it would be at this point in the season it has not been from a lack of scoring runs. The Angels are hitting well and scoring runs. They are losing because of poor pitching. Opponents are averaging over 5 runs per game against them. Both of these teams have gone over the total in two of their last three games and that trend towards the over should continue today. -Jimmy Boyd
Pick: Texas Rangers -162
Houston has lost 27 of 37 to start the season and is only 33-91 in its last 124 overall. The Astros have been a great fade, and that remains the case today with Jordan Lyles on the hill. The Astros are 9-32 in Lyles’ last 41 starts and 3-17 in his last 20 starts versus teams that have a winning record. He’s 0-3 (0-4 on the money line) with an ERA of 6.85 versus Texas. The Rangers are 37-17 in the last 54 meetings, including 16-5 in the last 21 in Houston. Take Texas. -Dave Price
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