Remember me Reset Password ALCS Picks - Hot Yankee bats will put the nail in L.A.'s coffin

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 10/22/2009 12:17:02 PM
MLB ALCS picks tonight put a second Los Angeles team on the spot after the Dodgers bowed out of the playoffs last night, sending the Phillies to their second straight World Series. Can the Angels stay alive at home versus the powerful Yankees? Or is their number up in MLB betting? ALCS picks: Angel hitters cold as ice, Yankees quite the opposite

  • Six Angel regulars batting .222 or worse this postseason
  • A.J. Burnett gets good run support on the road
  • Alex Rodriguez becoming Mr. October

Tonight, 7:57 p.m. ET
Yankees vs Angels odds: Yankees +100, Angels -120
A.J. Burnett (0-0, 2.19) vs John Lackey (1-1, 1.38)

Say what you want about John Lackey and the impact of pitching in this series, but the Angel bats have to wake up. After keeping pace with the Yankees statistically all season, they’ve gone ice-cold. Five of L.A.’s nine regulars are batting below .200 and six are at .222 or worse. Lackey’s performance won’t matter unless the Angels get something from Chone Figgins (.071), Kendry Morales (.154), Mike Napoli (.154), Maicer Izturis (.167) and Juan Rivera (.179).

In theory, the Angels have a shot to stay alive tonight if the bats come around. Lackey pitches well at home and turned in the better of his two 2009 playoff starts there. Meanwhile, New York’s A.J. Burnett struggled on the road this season, posting a 4.59 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. He’s flourished in his first career playoff action but his sportsbook odds will take a hit in his playoff road debut. Remember, as Toronto Blue Jay fans proved earlier this season, Burnett can lose focus if jeered in a hostile environment.

However, there’s another stat worth noting; despite that 4.59 road ERA, Burnett still went 8-6 away from Yankee Stadium this season. When you pitch for the Bronx Bombers, you get oodles of run support. With Alex Rodriguez absolutely on fire, smashing five homers already this postseason, you can bet the Yankee bats will give Burnett something to work with.

DALE’S PICK: It’s not that Lackey will back down but you just get the feeling that the Angels are mentally beaten, just as the Dodgers were last night. The Yankees are just too experienced and their bats are too hot right now; they’ve been here before and have the killer instinct to finish the series. Pick New York in your online betting.

Yankees vs Angels Betting Edge: Yankees +100

Sports betting doesn’t stop with the ALCS Picks. Keep reading the Betting Edge for comprehensive MLB coverage right through to the end of the World Series.

Dale Lalonde is's MLB expert.



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