Money Line: -119.00 LA Angels (Away)
After a tight victory in the series opener, the Angels run out Alex Cobb to try and get some traction down the stretch. Cobb (7-3, 3.96) has had a few very poor starts this season but for the most part, and especially in July, he has been strong. This month, he has given the Angels wins (2), innings (20), and ERA (1.35). The last time he faced the Twins, he gave up only 1 earned run.
The veteran J.A. Happ has not fared as well this month. He is 1-2 in July with a bloated ERA of 7.36. He is still capable of the odd quality start and can eat some innings, but his best days are behind him.
Minnesota is not a strong home team, and have struggled both at night and against right handed starters. The Angels have struggled a bit on the road, but they out muscle the Twins and are very good against lefties.
At 5 and 6 in their last eleven games, and probable changes coming at the trade deadline, it is hard to see the Twins making much happen at this time in the season. Cobb has been the bright light in the Angels’ rotation and the Angels are 10-4 with him on the mound. I am calling The Angels to WIN on this one.