D’Backs Continue to Sputter as Angeles Visit

Angels vs D'Backs Head-to-Head: 'Zona Liability for Bettors

Hoping to turn around a slow start, the Arizona Diamondbacks return home Tuesday (9:40 p.m. ET) for a three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels. Jordan Montgomery will oppose Jose Suarez in the series opener.

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  • Arizona is -1.5 (+116) on the run line and -180 moneyline favorites for the opener, with Los Angeles +1.5 (-140) and +152. Meanwhile, the projected total is 9 with a slight edge to the Under at -115.

What can bettors expect? Read on as we break down the Angels vs D’Backs head-to-head odds in our series preview.

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Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona

Angels vs Diamondbacks Betting Trends

The Los Angeles Angels are 37-28 against the run line, including 5-5 over their last 10 games. Los Angeles has also been profitable for Over/Under bettors, going 33-31-1.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, meanwhile, are just 29-37 against the run line. They haven’t fared much better against the Over/Under, producing a mark of 31-33-2.

That’s important to remember when considering the Angels vs D’Backs head-to-head odds.

Not So Hot in SoCal

It’s shaping up to be another lost summer for the Angels. Sixty-five games into the MLB season, the Angels own the second-worst winning percentage (.385) in the American League. Only the White Sox (.258) have been worse.

  • The Angels went 4-2 on their recent homestand against San Diego and Houston. Now they hit the road, where they have performed slightly better despite a 14-17 record.

These struggles are not unexpected, as the Angels were projected for only 72.5 wins after losing two-time MVP Shohei Ohtani in free agency to the Dodgers.

Los Angeles was then dealt another huge blow a few weeks into the season when star outfielder Mike Trout injured his knee. Trout, who hit 10 home runs over his first 29 MLB games, is reportedly nowhere near a return after undergoing meniscus surgery on May 3.

The Angels are just 14-20 since then, sinking to the bottom of the AL West. Despite ranking seventh in homers (73), they rank 22nd in runs scored (263).

As such, Los Angeles’ playoff odds have dropped to +2500. Even with the expanded wild card, they are among the biggest longshots.

No Bite in These Snakes

Arizona has been one of baseball’s biggest underachievers over the first half, sitting fourth place in the National League West at 31-35. Projected for 84.5 wins, the Diamondbacks will need to pick up the pace to meet expectations.

The Diamondbacks split their recent four-game road trip in San Diego, during which they were outscored 29-17. They have allowed nine runs or more in four of their last 10 games, seeing their ERA sink to 4.59 (27th in MLB).

MLB Injuries have been mostly to blame for the pitching staff’s underperformance, with Eduardo Rodriguez and Merrill Kelly both down with shoulder strains. The club also remains without ace Zac Gallen because of a right hamstring strain.

Jordan Montgomery, who was signed late in the spring to provide depth, has struggled mightily. Tuesday’s projected starter, Montgomery has a 6.80 ERA through nine starts. He’s gone four innings or fewer in a third of those appearances.

Expect MLB rumors to pick up around the trade deadline if the Diamondbacks continue to sputter. They are currently +165 to make the playoffs.

Amid their struggles, the Diamondbacks have been a liability for bettors. They have covered just 43.9% of the time, matching the fourth-lowest rate of any baseball team. Be sure to take that into account when weighing the MLB scores and odds.

Series Probables

Game 1

  • Tuesday, 9:40 p.m. ET
  • Jose Suarez vs Jordan Montgomery

After making 58 starts for Los Angeles over the past five seasons, Suarez returns to the rotation to fill the spot previously occupied by Reid Detmers. Detmers was demoted to Triple-A Salt Lake last week after his ERA ballooned to 6.14.

Suarez hasn’t fared any better, posting an unsightly 6.54 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 34/20 strikeouts to walks in 16 relief appearances this season. The left-hander’s season-high pitch count is just 64, so the bullpen will likely be busy.

The Diamondbacks will counter with Montgomery, who is 3-4 with a 6.80 ERA. He was booed off the mound in his last start, a 9-3 loss to San Francisco on June 5 (2 innings, 6 runs).

Keep that in mind when analyzing the Angels vs D’Backs head-to-head odds.

Game 2

  • Wednesday, 9:40 p.m. ET
  • Jose Soriano vs Slade Cecconi

Soriano has been a strong addition to the rotation after working exclusively as a reliever in 2023. He has a 3.64 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 13 appearances (11 starts). He has gone at least six innings in four straight starts, including in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over San Diego (6 innings, 2 runs).

Cecconi, meanwhile, owns a 5.66 ERA through eight appearances (seven starts). The right-hander was especially poor in June with an 0-3 record and 8.41 ERA.

Game 3

  • Thursday, 9:40 p.m. ET
  • Griffin Canning vs Brandon Pfaadt

Canning has fared better after a brutal April (7.13 ERA), lowering his ERA to 4.65. He went 6.1 innings in Friday’s 7-1 loss to Houston, allowing three runs.

He will face Pfaadt, who is 2-5 with a 4.60 ERA. He’s looking to bounce back after allowing nine runs over his last two outings.

For Arizona Diamondbacks standings news, betting analysis and more, visit Point Spreads Sports Magazine.

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