The Angels signed right-hander Joel Pineiro to a two-year $16 million dollar deal. His addition is a key one for the Angels in MLB betting since they lost John Lackey to the Red Sox.
Baseball betting stats had Pineiro going 15-12 last season for St. Louis with a 3.49 ERA. He is 87-79 in his career with a 4.39 ERA as MLB betting stats showed. He really is a huge boost in baseball betting for the Angels in their rotation that now looks a lot better. Baseball betting has the Angels going with Jered Weaver, Joe Saunders, Scott Kazmire and Pineiro. The fifth starter will probably be Ervin Santana.
The Angels really needed a pitcher that eats innings like Pineiro after losing Lackey. They definitely got that in Pineiro who threw over 200 innings a year ago. The Mets and Dodgers had a lot of interest in Pineiro but the Angels swooped in and stole him away. The Dodgers instead re-signed Vincente Padilla. The Dodgers got a lot of mileage out of Padilla down the stretch last season as he went 4-0 in baseball betting in his last seven starts of the season and was great in the playoffs until the Game 5 of the NLCS.
The Angels are hoping that they get the Pineiro of last season. He was excellent last season pitching a lot of innings and walking very few batters. The concern for the Angels should be that Pineiro has not thrown more than 200 innings since 2003. In fact, he averaged just 148 innings from 2004-2008 as MLB betting stats showed. Can he repeat the excellent performance of last year in baseball betting or will he revert to past seasons?
The Dodgers really wanted Pineiro but now they are stuck with Padilla. They signed him to a one-year, $5.025 million contract. The question with Padilla is whether or not he can repeat his late season MLB betting success and not wreck the clubhouse. Padilla is 98-85 in his career with a 4.33 ERA in 11 seasons with four teams. He really helped the Dodgers last season and was a baseball betting force late in the year. If he can pitch like that again this season then the Dodgers may be just fine without Pineiro.