Halos, Fish Going in Opposite Directions
If Tuesday night’s series opener proved anything to us, it’s the Los Angeles Angels and Miami Marlins couldn’t be farther apart right now. The Marlins won their sixth straight game, 2-1, after another dominant performance on the mound. Meanwhile, the Angels’ have lost their last four.
Angels Not Miraculous
In a matter of weeks, the Los Angeles Angels have gone from playoff hopeful to disgraceful leftovers. Another loss Tuesday saw the team go from 27-17 to 37-45, meaning they’ve won just 10 of their last 38. While just seven games out of a wild-card spot, their MLB playoff odds are dwindling rapidly.
LA’s struggled because of an offense that’s not hitting. Despite Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani anchoring the lineup, the Angels are just 25th in runs and batting average, and the league leaders in strikeouts. However, their pitching has been average, ranking 15th in ERA and 13th in WHIP and batting average against.
Trout is currently 1-for-17, with 11 strikeouts over that span.
Righty Ohtani, who also happens to be the best pitcher on the club, tries to stop the bleeding Wednesday. The reigning AL MVP is 7-4 with a 2.68 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 101 strikeouts in 74 innings. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 21.2 innings.
Marlins Reeling in Mediocrity
It’s been an inconsistent season for the Miami Marlins. An 12-8 start, then Miami fell down to 19-27 right around Memorial Day.
However, the Fish have responded over the last 30+ days, now sitting at 39-40. With a win Wednesday, they will be at .500 record for the first time since May 4.
While the Marlins’ hitting can sometimes do damage, it’s about average. Miami ranks 17th in runs and 13th in batting average, with players like Garrett Cooper and Jazz Chisholm Jr. leading the way. Meanwhile, the Marlins are usually decent selections for MLB picks, with a pitching staff ranking 11th in ERA and 14th in WHIP.
It was a masterful performance Tuesday from Cy Young favorite Sandy Alcantara. Wednesday, struggling Trevor Rogers will start. The 24-year-old lefty was sensational in 2021, but carries a 5.56 ERA and 1.59 WHIP with 62 strikeouts in 68 innings.
Angels vs. Marlins Head-to-Head
Tuesday was the opener of the second series between the teams this season., LA did take both games in April. Miami was victorious in Tuesday’s game
This is the first time the Angels and Marlins have played one another since 2017. Despite dropping two out of three in ‘17, LA leads the all-time series, 11-7.
Angels vs. Marlins Game Information
- Game: Angels (37-45) vs Marlins (39-40)
- Location: loanDepot Park
- Day/Time: Wednesday, 6:40 p.m. ET
- Angels vs Marlins Live Stream:MLB.tv
Angels vs. Marlins Betting Lines
|Los Angeles Angels
S. Ohtani -R
|-1½ +110||-158||7-105o||4½+115o / 4½-145u|
T. Rogers -L
|+1½ -130||+143||7-115u||2½-140o / 2½+110u|
Angels vs. Marlins Prediction
There’s no disputing that the Miami Marlins are the better team at the moment. However, with a surging Ohtani opposing a struggling Rogers, the Halos are convincing -158 favorites. Meanwhile, the Marlins are priced at +143.
To no surprise, run-scoring is projected to be a rarity Wednesday. It has an over/under of 7 after the clubs combined for three runs the previous game. However,
Even though the Angels are the favorites, all of the betting history points toward the Marlins. Along with being 20-16 at home, Miami is also 29-17 as run-line underdogs. As for LA, the Angels are 16-22 on the road, 24-29 as run-line favorites.
Assessing the scores and odds, there’s simply too much value with the Marlins. Even if Ohtani has another great outing, the Angel offense is ice cold. Expect a low-scoring game and a Miami victory to cap off the two-game sweep.