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LA Angels vs Baltimore Orioles Odds, Picks & Starting Pitchers for Opening Day (March 28)

Sascha Paruk

by Sascha Paruk in MLB Baseball

Updated Mar 28, 2024 · 8:19 AM PDT

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Corbin Burnes throwing during spring training
Feb 24, 2024; Sarasota, Florida, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Corbin Burnes (39) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Baltimore Orioles open their 2024 season against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday afternoon
  • Baltimore sends prized offseason acquisition Corbin Burnes to the mound
  • See the LA Angels vs Baltimore Orioles odds, picks, and starting pitchers for Opening Day

Coming off their first AL East crown since 2014, the Baltimore Orioles (101-61, 49-32 home) will aim to do something this season they haven’t done since 1974: go back to back as division champs.

Baltimore opens the season with a three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels (73-89, 35-46 away), who are adjusting to life without Shohei Ohtani.

With Brewers/Mets postponed, Angels vs Orioles will begin the Opening Day action at 3:05 pm ET at Camden Yards.

LA Angels vs Baltimore Orioles Odds

Team Moneyline Runline Total
LA Angels +145 +1.5 (-135) O 7.5 (-110)
Baltimore Orioles -175 -1.5 (+114) U 7.5 (-110)

The Orioles are listed as -175 moneyline favorites in Thursday’s MLB odds with the Angels +145 road underdogs to win. The game total is at just 7.5 with both teams sending their aces to the bump on Opening Day.

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Baltimore (+202) begins the season as the second-favorite to win the AL East in the MLB division odds, slightly trailing the revamped New York Yankees (+144).

LAA vs BAL Starting Pitchers

The Orioles will send Corbin Burnes to the mound on Opening Day, whom they acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Milwaukee Brewers in the offseason. Burnes is three years removed from winning the 2021 NL Cy Young Award and has been named to three straight NL All-Star teams.

The Angels counter with 27-year-old lefty Patrick Sandoval, who is coming off a down year. Sandoval saw his ERA balloon from 2.91 in 2022 to 4.11 last season.

Patrick Sandoval vs Corbin Burnes

7-13 Record 10-8
4.11 ERA 2.94
4.73 xERA 3.05
1.51 WHIP 1.07
19.6% SO% 25.5%

*All statistics in table from 2023 regular season. 

Burnes has very minimal history against the LAA lineup, but the history that exists is encouraging for Oriole fans. In 21 total at-bats, Angel batters are hitting just .190 with no home runs, two doubles, and eight strikeouts. Burnes made one start against the Angels last season, pitching a phenomenal eight innings, allowing just two hits, no walks, and no runs while striking out nine.

Sandoval made one (ugly) start against Baltimore last season, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and four walks over 5.0 innings in a 10-3 loss. Overall, the Oriole lineup is slashing .250/.381/.269 in 52 total at-bats. All except one of their 13 hits have been singles, but they also have 11 walks.

Angels vs Orioles Prediction

Baltimore is returning basically the same batting order that racked up 807 runs last year (4.98 runs per game) and has now added one of the most-dominant pitchers in baseball.

Even with Ohtani claiming his second AL MVP Award last year, the Angels still finished -90 in run differential while scoring just 739 runs on the year.

In light of the way Burnes dominated this Angels team last year, and how poor Sandoval pitched against the O’s, I will gladly lay some juice on a Baltimore victory.

LAA vs BAL pick: Orioles moneyline (-175)

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