Cubs vs. Angels Free Pick April 04, 2016
MLB Free Pick from Scott Spreitzer
Cubs vs. Angels
Play: Angels +129
I’m recommending a play on the Angels on Monday night. A lot of pressure on the Cubs as they begin the season. Joe Maddon has a lot of talent held over from last season along with solid additions during the off-season, but the value is on the home team tonight.
The Angels will have a different look at multiple positions this season, getting better on defense in my opinion. Mike Scioscia’s club may struggle in the AL West during the season, I don’t believe they’ll make the playoffs after missing five of the last six, but that’s because I don’t like their rotation…AFTER the top two starting pitchers.
Tonight’s starter Garrett Richards is one of two hurlers who should give the Halos a strong one-two punch. After that it could get dicey in Anaheim. But we only have to worry about Richards tonight and if he does present the pen with a lead when he leaves, the Angels do have decent talent to back him up, including set-up man Joe Smith and of course, Huston Street to close things out. The Angels enter the season on a 9-1 run in Richards’ last 10 IL starts and they’re 13-5 in his last 18 at home.
While I expect the Cubs to have a much better season than the Angels, I do believe the Halos are the value tonight. I’m recommending a play on the Angels on Monday. Thanks & GL! Scott Spreitzer.