Angels vs. Yankees MLB Best Bets for Thursday

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Nestor Cortes #65 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning. Julio Aguilar/Getty Images/AFP

The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels were rained out on Wednesday and will make it up by playing a split doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on Thursday afternoon and evening. Let’s see what the MLB odds tell us.

Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Yankees Doubleheader Game 1

Thursday, June 02, 2022 – 01:05 PM EDT at Yankee Stadium

The Yankees still have the best record in baseball and the best-run differential in the American League, despite going just 5-5 in their last 10 games.

New York won the opening game of the series on Tuesday night, 9-1, and will be looking to hold off the hard-charging Toronto Blue Jays, who have won seven straight to move to within five games in the American League East.

Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Yankees Doubleheader Game 2

Thursday, June 02, 2022 - 07:05 PM EDT at Yankee Stadium

The Angels are in second place in the A.L. West but have lost their last six games to fall five and a half games behind the Houston Astros.

There’s still a question as to whether the Yankees and Angels will get both games in on Thursday.

Rain showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast, starting about the same time as the first pitch for Game One is scheduled and lasting through 10:00 A.M. on Friday.

The teams would like to avoid having Los Angeles make a second trip to the Bronx this year and wipe out a late-season off day, so it could be a long, messy day in the Bronx.

Angels Strong Season Start

The Angels enjoyed a strong start to the season, peaking at 11 games over .500 and leading the West by as many as two and a half games.

The last week has left the Halos just four games over .500 and struggling to keep contact with Houston, who has pulled ahead in the divisional race.

“Fortunately, we got off to a wonderful start so that you can kind of absorb a moment like this," manager Joe Maddon said after the losing streak hit a half dozen. “When you get off to a really bad start, moments like this could be devastating.”

Angels 5-10 Record

The Angels are just 5-10 against teams with winning records and also played the second-place Blue Jays during this skid.

Games against the first-place Mets and Dodgers still looming later this month, so the team will need to prove itself against top opposition, in order to keep from wiping away all signs of its good start to the year.

Ohtani vs. Cortes Matcuhp

Shohei Ohtani will start the first game in a marquee matchup against Cy Young candidate Nestor Cortes.

Ohtani is 3-3, 3.45 on the year. Reed Detmers, who was scheduled to start Wednesday’s game, gets the ball in game two. The lefthander is 2-2, 4.65.

Yankees Have a Challenging Month

The Yankees have trips to division-leading Minnesota and Houston on the schedule for June, as well as second-place Toronto.

New York also plays the always-tough Rays both at home and in Tampa and hosts the Astros for four.

With 17 games against those teams looming, New York would like to add to its cushion in the East with this homestand against the Angels and Tigers.

Yankees Trade Deadline Drama

The Yankees are always heavily involved in trade deadline drama, but the whispers have started earlier this year, as the team looks to bolster its outfield to overcome slow starts by Aaron Hicks (hitting .200) and Joey Gallo (.167).

The team is also missing DH Giancarlo Stanton and corner infielder Josh Donaldson, both expected to return from the injured list during the next series.

As if the trade rumors weren’t enough of a distraction, the Yankees are still dealing with the fallout from Donaldson’s clash with Tim Anderson last month.

Donaldson made headlines again this week, declaring that he was “disappointed” that his teammates didn’t have his back and publicly support him after he was accused of taunting Anderson with racial remarks.

Yankees Leaving the Drama Behind

The team will try to focus on the field, and Thursday’s doubleheader features two of the best starters in MLB taking the mound for New York.

Cortes is 4-1 with a 1.70 ERA. He went eight against the Rays last time out, allowing one run, and the Yankees have won his last four starts.

Jameson Taillon gets the ball for the nightcap. He’s 5-1 with a 2.49 ERA and went eight scoreless innings last time out, the first time he’s done that since 2018. He’s allowed two or fewer runs in eight of his nine starts this year.

Doubleheader MLB Picks for Today

For MLB picks, look for the Yankees to take care of business in game one with Cortes continuing his outstanding season.

As the day—and potentially the delays—wear on, the team could find itself feeling sluggish in game two and allow the Angels to steal a split.

MLB Pick: Yankees (-120) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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MLB Pick: Angels (+132) with BetOnline

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