According to an April 26, 2014, report by Yahoo!Sports, the Big Ballpark in the Bronx, Yankee Stadium will be the site for this week’s edition of Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. Tonight, it’ll be the New York Yankees hosting the LA Angels in the rubber match of a game that will be televised on big ESPN and streaming live on ESPN3 (online) and ESPN-Deportes (En Español).
First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. EST (7:05 p.m. CST/6:05 p.m. MST/5:05 p.m. PST) from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y., and ESPN’s coverage begins with “Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown” an hour before the game. The pitching matchup for the finale is a dandy, as it features two undefeated aces going head-to-head under the bright lights.
For the visiting (11-12) LA Angels of Anaheim, longtime skipper Mike Scioscia sends RHP Garrett Richards (2-0, 2.52 ERA) to the mound to try and clinch the series from the pinstripes. An April 27, 2014, SI report illustrates how effective the former Oklahoma standout has been away from Angels Stadium.
Richards – who’s 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA versus the Yanks in his career – comes into tonight’s game with an ERA of 1.00 on the road in 2014, and could steal the spotlight away from the Yankees’ highly touted Japanese import. On the hill for the Bronx Bombers will be RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3-0, 2.15 ERA), who’s off to a perfect start to his MLB career.
Through four starts for Joe Girardi and the (14-10) New York Yankees, the 25-year-old from Itami, Japan, has tossed 29.1 innings, allowing 22 hits, 8 runs, 2 walks and 35 strikeouts. However, Tanaka is susceptible to the longball, evidenced by the fact that he’s already been taken deep four times, which accounts for most of the offense production against him.
If MLB oddsmakers at ESPN are correct, tonight’s series finale between the Yankees and the Angels will live up to the hype. Las Vegas latest money lines have New York as a -175 favorite versus Anaheim [+160] and the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 8 runs.
Betting Action Prior to ESPN TV Scheduled Start Time
LA Angels ML: 41 percent.
NY Yankees ML: 59 percent.
OVER bets: 545 wagers.
UNDER bets: 597 wagers.
Trends to Consider Prior to ESPN3 Free Live Stream Online
Angels are 5-1 in their last 6 games versus the American League East.
Angels are 7-2 in their last 9 games following a loss.
Angels are 5-2 in their last 7 road games when O/U equals between 7 and 8½ runs.
Yankees are 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games.
Yankees are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a Favorite.
Yankees are 5-1 in their last 6 games versus a starter with a WHIP lower than 1.15.
Angels vs. Yankees 2014 MLB Schedule Walk-Off Stats
OVER is 4-0 in Anaheim’s last 4 games as a +151 to +200 underdog.
OVER is 6-1 in Anaheim’s last 7 during Game 3 of a series.
OVER is 15-4-2 in Anaheim’s last 21 games following a loss.
OVER is 6-1 in New York’s last 7 versus a team with a losing record.
OVER is 5-1 in New York’s last 6 games when O/U tallies between 7 and 8½ runs.
UNDER is 4-1 in New York’s last 5 games as a home Favorite.