The Los Angeles Angels have been in exceptional form recently and are preparing to host the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opening game of an interleague series. The Pirates were able to put an end to their five-game losing streak in their latest match. However, despite a strong start to the season, they have encountered difficulties, losing nine out of their last 11 games and currently find themselves at the bottom of the NL Central, trailing the division leaders by 11.5 games.
Conversely, the Angels head into this game on a three-game winning streak and have secured four victories in their last five games. Their recent success elevated their record above .500 (49-48) after overcoming a challenging six-game losing streak. Despite their recent surge, they currently occupy the third place in the AL West, trailing the division leaders by nine games. The Angels are heavily favored in this matchup, with odds of -195 as the home team, and the total runs for the game are set at eight.
The Pirates have struggled with their offense, ranking 27th in runs scored. Before their recent win, they managed to score only 10 runs during their five-game losing streak. However, in their last game, they showed improved performance at the plate, securing a 7-5 victory at home against the Cleveland Guardians. Unfortunately, they will be missing the contributions of starting 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes, who is out with a back injury.
Johan Oviedo will be the starting pitcher for the Pirates in this series opener. He had an impressive last start, giving up only one run on one hit in seven innings. However, despite his strong performance, his team couldn’t provide enough support, leading to a 3-1 home loss against the San Francisco Giants. The Pirates have struggled in Oviedo’s recent starts, losing all seven of his last outings. In two of his last three road starts, he allowed at least four runs.
All in all, the Angels are in fantastic form, having swept the Yankees in their home series, while the Pirates managed to break their losing streak. The Angels hold a slightly positive record above .500, whereas the Pirates are 12 games below .500. Ohtani has faced challenges in his last two starts, conceding nine runs in a total of 10 innings.
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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Los Angeles Angels Game Information
- Date: 07/21/2023
- Time: 09:38 PM ET
- Location: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, California.
- How to Watch: Pirates vs Angels MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV