The Los Angeles Angels have been struggling as they are fourth in the AL West with a 61-67 record so far. Veteran left-hander Tyler Anderson will toe the slab here and is coming off a loss against the Cincinnati Reds where he threw 4.2 innings and allowed four runs (one earned) on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
The New York Mets are struggling this season as they are fourth in the NL East with a 59-69 record. Rookie right-hander Kodai Senga will get the start here and coming off a win over the St. Louis Cardinals as he pitched seven innings and gave up one run on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Fixture: Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets
Date & Time: Friday, August 25, 7:10 p.m. EDT
Venue Citi Field in Flushing, NY
Angels vs Mets Betting Odds
|Los Angeles Angels||+1.5 (-155)||+140||Over 8 (-118)|
|New York Mets||-1.5 (+130)||-166||Under 8 (-102)|
Odds Subject to Change**
Angels vs. Mets Key Stats
Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels have been one of the best offenses in the entire sport as they are seventh in MLB while scoring 4.74 runs per game and a .758 team OPS. They have been one of the best road teams this year as they have a .259/.329/.430 team slash line while averaging 4.78 runs in 63 road games. Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani is still expected to hit with a torn UCL as he has a 1.069 OPS with 44 home runs, 91 RBIs, 97 runs scored and 17 steals on 22 attempts.
Tyler Anderson has been struggling on the mound as he is 5-5 with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP while throwing 117.2 innings in 23 games. Hitters have been hitting homers pretty well as he allowed 13 homers so far after giving up 14 in 178.2 innings last season. Anderson faced the Mets twice last season as a member of the Dodgers as he went 1-1 in 13 innings and gave up two runs on 11 hits with one hit by pitch, zero walks and eight strikeouts.
New York Mets
The New York Mets have been decent at the plate as they are 18th in the majors with a .721 team OPS while averaging 4.41 runs per game. They have been struggling inside of Citi Field offensively as they are 23rd in MLB with a .717 team OPS while scoring 3.58 runs in their 69 home games. First baseman Pete Alonso has been hitting extremely well as he has a .222/.322/.526 slash line with 39 homers, 95 RBIs, 73 runs scored and four steals while being caught once thus far.
Kodai Senga has been doing well so far as he is 10-6 with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 129.2 innings of work. He has been doing very well with limiting homers as he has given up 12 home runs, or better than one every 10 innings. Senga has been great at home as he is 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA and a .184 opposing batting average in 12 starts this year so it will be interesting to see if he can continue doing well here.
Angels vs. Mets Prediction
The ability to hit home runs is critical for offensive success and there is two completely different levels since the All-Star Break. The Mets are tied for seventh with 32 homers as a team while the Angels are tied for 25th with just 22 home runs. Shohei Ohtani is going to try to continue hitting but they lost Mike Trout to the IL once again. All in all, go with the New York Mets to cover the run line here.