The Angels are favored in baseball wagering with Joe Saunders on the mound against Minnesota’s Nick Blackburn.
MLB wagering odds are going to favor the Angels a lot at home this season. They are the favorites to win the American League West again this season. In this game against the Twins the Angels have Saunders going to the mound. Now that Roy Halladay is in the National League, Saunders has more wins (33) the past two seasons than any other American League pitcher. Last season on Opening Day he shut out the A’s over 6 2/3 innings on three hits. He's 3-1 with a 4.10 ERA in four career starts against the Twins. He is 23-12 with a 4.43 in 52 outings at home.
MLB wagering on Blackburn last year was up and down. The Twins pitcher went 11-11 with a 4.03 ERA. He has struggle in Anaheim in the past going 0-2 with a 9.72 ERA in two career starts. This is the second game of a four-game opening set between the two teams. Each team begins the season with question marks. The Angels look different without John Lackey, Vladimir Guerrero and Chone Figgins. They are hoping that adding Joel Pineiro, Hideki Matsui and Fernando Rodney will be enough. The Twins suffered a major loss as well as closer Joe Nathan will miss the season due to injury.
Minnesota could be more about offense this season in baseball wagering. They signed catcher Joe Mauer to an eight-year, $184 million extension. The team added shortstop, J.J. Hardy, a new second baseman, Orlando Hudson, and designated hitter Jim Thome. Minnesota struggled somewhat away from home last year going 38-43. The Twins were 5th in the league a year ago in runs scored per game.
Los Angeles was 49-32 at home last season which was one of the best home marks in all of baseball. They were second in the league in runs per game last season. The Angels won the 10-game season series over the Twins last year, going 6-4 and outscoring Minnesota, 71-61. This four game series for the Twins is part of a seven-game road trip. The Twins return home for the opening of their new ballpark, Target Field, against the Red Sox on April 12th.