Yankees vs Angels Picks and Predictions: Underdog Halos Snatch Series Finale

The Yankees may appear to have the edge on the mound but that's simply not the case given the recent form of both Gerrit Cole and Patrick Sandoval. The Angels hurler should present problems for the Yankees' lineup — as our MLB betting picks break down.

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Robert Criscola • Publishing Editor
Aug 31, 2022 • 12:37 ET • 4 min read
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The New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels will conclude their three-game series at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night.

The squads split the first two tilts, with the Angels prevailing 4-3 on Monday, and the Yankees answering back with a 7-4 victory on Tuesday.

Which team will take the rubber match? Find out in our free MLB picks and predictions for Yankees vs Angels on Wednesday, August 31.

Yankees vs Angels odds

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The Yankees opened as heavy -196 consensus favorites, and betting action has been tepid on them, at least at most sites where they’ve fallen to the -185 to -190 range. But strangely, FanDuel lists the Bombers at -205 as of late Wednesday morning. The total has remained steady at 7.5 runs. 

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Yankees vs Angels predictions

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Yankees vs Angels game info

Location: Angel Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
First pitch: 9:38 p.m. ET
TV: Bally Sports West, YES

Yankees vs Angels betting preview

Starting pitchers

Gerrit Cole (10-6, 3.31 ERA): Gerrit Cole has had an up-and-down month of August, producing three quality starts in five chances but pitching to a 7.50 ERA in his other two appearances. Cole owns a 114-13 strikeout/walk ratio at home, but a 86-26 strikeout/walk ratio on the road this year.

Patrick Sandoval (4-9, 3.05 ERA): Patrick Sandoval has recovered from a dreadful month of July (0-5, 6.20 ERA over five starts) to author a 1.07 ERA through four August outings. He seems to be the perfect pitcher to combat the homer-happy Yankees, as he’s allowed only six longballs through 115 innings of work this season. 


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Betting trend to know

The Under is 15-5-1 in the Yankees’ last 21 overall. Find more MLB betting trends for Yankees vs. Angels

Yankees vs Angels picks and predictions

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Moneyline analysis

The Angels had a four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night, but they have a chance to get back on the beam at square odds on Wednesday. 

The Yankees’ struggles in August have been well-documented, as the team is 10-17 while ranking 26th in team OPS (.656). The Bombers are 1-4 in their last five road games against left-handed starters and could fall to 1-5 against Patrick Sandoval.

Sandoval has been in great form in August, producing a 1.07 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. He’s struck out 23 batters over 25 1-3 innings in that span. Most importantly, Sandoval has kept the ball in the park in 2022, surrendering only six homers. Just two of those have come in the second half of the campaign. 

The Yankees are the best in MLB when it comes to four-baggers, as they’ve clubbed 205 this year. Aaron Judge has 51 of those round-trippers, smacking two in this series. If their power bats are neutralized, the Bombers could have a very difficult time manufacturing runs.

New York ace Gerrit Cole responds, but he’s been vulnerable on the road in 2022. His ERA (3.52), WHIP (1.14), and strikeouts per nine innings (11.2) as the visitor are all significantly worse than his home splits. 

Shohei Ohtani is the deserving center of attention on the Angels’ offense, considering the reigning AL MVP sports a 1.030 OPS in August. He’s already gone deep once in this series. Ohtani is complemented by Mike Trout, who owns a .907 OPS since rejoining the team on Aug. 19 following a five-week absence. 

The Halos should scratch out enough runs to send the sliding Yankees away with another series loss. 

Prediction: Angels moneyline (+172 at FanDuel)

Over/Under analysis

Bettors shouldn't expect many runs to come across at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night.

Sandoval should keep Judge and the rest of the Yankee bats at bay, and Cole should not let things spiral out of control against L.A.’s lineup. Each starter has a bullpen behind them that’s pitched excellently in the month of August. 

The Angels are fifth by relief ERA this month at 3.16. Jimmy Herget has allowed only one run over 16 frames, posting three saves, including one against New York on Monday. Aaron Loup (1.74 ERA) and Ryan Tepera (2.16 ERA) have finally delivered on their promise this month after flailing as new acquisitions to start the season. 

The Yankees’ bullpen owns a 3.22 ERA in August, seventh in the major leagues. This unit continues to persevere despite losing Clay Holmes, Scott Effross, and Aroldis Chapman at various points. Lou Trivino (0.82 ERA) has proven to be an invaluable trade deadline pickup. 

The listed total is a low one, but with good reason. It’s hard to envision this matchup exceeding 7.5 runs. 

Prediction: Under 7.5 (-103 at Unibet)

Best bet

Sandoval hasn’t had much luck with run support this year when you look at his win/loss record compared to his ERA, but things should be different in this one.

In addition to Ohtani and Trout, Cole may also have to contend with former Yankee Mike Ford, who’s smacked two hits in each of the first two games of this series. Two of those four hits left the ballpark. Ford is batting .364 since joining the Halos last week. 

Luis Rengifo is riding an eight-game hit streak for the Angels and has two homers and five RBI in that span. 

L.A. should find enough offense to win this one, so backing them at +150 or better is very appealing. 

PickAngels moneyline (+172 at FanDuel)

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