Nationals vs Angels Prediction - MLB Picks 4/12/23

Los Angeles Angels (6-5) vs Washington Nationals (4-8)

Game Info: Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 4:07 pm (Angel Stadium of Anaheim)

Griffin Canning (0-0) (0.00) vs MacKenzie Gore (2-0) (2.38)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Angels -175 / Washington Nationals +161 --- Over/Under: 10 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Angels and the Washington Nationals will face off in Anaheim for their series finale from Angel Stadium on the MLB Network. LAA got a strong pitching effort from Ashohei Ohtani, and took game one, 2-0. 

Nationals Betting Preview

Washington dropped to 3-7 after losing to Colorado. The Nationals nearly picked up their third straight win, but they’d fall one run short, 7-6. The Washington offense is scoring 3.83 runs per game, while batting .258, with a .333 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 5.06 ERA, with a 1.40 WHIP. Lane Thomas has been one of the lone bright spots in the Nats lineup, and he’s leading the team in batting average (.361), after recording a hit in all four games versus the Rockies. 

MacKenzie Gore (2-0, 2.38 ERA, 12 Ks) will get the call for Washington. The second-year pitcher has been one of the few bright spots on a struggling Nats team. Gore has struck out six in both starts while allowing just three runs overall, and winning both decisions.  

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Angels Betting Preview

Los Angeles moved to 5-5 after defeating Washington. The Angels avoided a three-game skid by edging by the Nats on Tuesday, and they’ll look to win again before heading to the northeast for seven games. The LAA offense is scoring 5.63 runs per game, while batting .238, with a .333 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.86 ERA, with a 1.27 WHIP. Shohei Ohtani earned his second win of the season last night on the mound. Mike Trout (3 HR, 9 RBI)  has recorded a hit in eight of the last ten games. 

Griffin Canning will get the ball for Los Angeles. The fourth-year pitcher will make his first appearance since the 2021 season after missing last year with injury. Canning posted a 5-4 record that year, with a 5.60 ERA and 62 strikeouts. 

Washington vs Anaheim Trends

Washington is 6-6 against the spread this season, with a 6-4-1 over/under record. LAA is 4-5 ATS, with a 5-4-1 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

Washington comes into an unfamiliar situation with an advantage on the mound, but even with that upper hand, they will still have to face a Halos lineup hedged by two of the best players in baseball. Griffin Canning may end up coming out and pitching well at home, but with this marking his first MLB start in nearly 20 months, there may be some natural rust. I still like the Angels winning straight up here, but more security comes with the over here, as the hosts are capable of handling the heavy duty versus an inferior Nats team.

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