This afternoon game if the second game of a three-game series between the two teams. The Yankees have started the season strongly and they could be favored in baseball lines even on the road.
Baseball odds don’t have the Angels as underdogs at home very often but the Yankees are considered the best team in the league. Before this series began, the Angels were just 9-11 in the last twenty meetings against New York. Earlier this month the Yankees won two of the three games at home against the Angels. Two of those three games went under the total.
There were some question marks for the Yankees heading into the season but so far everything looks great vs. the baseball odds. Curtis Granderson has been a great addition and people have forgotten about Johnny Damon. The Yankees may end up missing Hideki Matsui but so far Nick Johnson has taken his place nicely in the lineup.
Granderson is the player that has impressed everyone since coming to New York. "I understand my role here and I'm happy with wherever they happen to put me in the lineup, defensively and whatever they call on me to do," Granderson said. "I understand that I don't have to go out there and hit 50 home runs and steal 50 bases. I can just go out there and play." The Yankees really made a great deal in getting Granderson. Damon was on his last legs while Granderson has many years left and he could be an All-Star.
"You hope that it goes smoothly for everyone, and I don't think that you can necessarily predict that it will," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I expected him to do well because he's a very talented player, but that doesn't always start that way."
Granderson has fit right into to the Yankees lineup on and off the field and he has impacted baseball lines. “Curtis is a good guy," said Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. "I played with him in the World Baseball Classic [last year] so I got a chance to get to know him a little bit. Outside of the fact that he's a good player, he's a good person, so he fit in perfectly. And he's done that so far."