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Weekend series preview (4-27): NYY vs. LAA
By: Staff Writer - StatFox
Published: 4/25/2018  at  5:05:00 PM
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NEW YORK YANKEES at LOS ANGELES ANGELS

It's a sluggers' paradise in Anaheim this weekend, where Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout will host Didi Gregorius and Aaron Judge.

Friday, 10:07 p.m. ET
Line: New York -160, O/U: 8.5
Andrew Heaney (0-1) vs. Luis Severino (4-1)

Saturday, 9:07 p.m. ET
Garrett Richards (3-0) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (3-2)

Sunday, 8:00 p.m. ET
Tyler Skaggs (3-1) vs. CC Sabathia (1-0)

The Angels have very strict rules for Shohei Ohtani's Babe Ruth routine, and rightly so: The Japanese phenom has looked like one of baseball's best both at the plate and on the mound this season. LA is adopting a six-man rotation so Ohtani can pitch once a week like he did in Japan, and he's not in the lineup and days immediately before and after his pitching starts. With his last pitching start having been on Tuesday and no start scheduled for this weekend, Ohtani figures to be in the lineup for all three games this as the Angels host the Yankees for a three-game set this weekend.

Luis Severino has been one of the American League's best starters this year, entering Friday night's opener with a 2.32 ERA and a WHIP of 0.90. Last Sunday against Toronto, he surrendered only one run and three hits in seven full innings. He'll be pitching against the Angels' Andrew Heaney, who has a 9.64 ERA through two starts. Friday night's showdown of Tyler Skaggs vs. CC Sabathia showcases two pitchers with ERAs of 2.96 and 1.86. Sabathia, though, has only pitched 19.1 innings across four starts.

Didi Gregorius, Mike Trout and Aaron Judge are one, two and three in the MLB, respectively, in WAR entering Friday night's game. LA's Andrelton Simmons isn't far off at 14th, and Ohtani has a slugging percentage over .600 in his 42 at-bats. Giancarlo Stanton is off to a pretty dismal start with the Yankees, but he's bound to break out any day now. All of which is to say, tune into Angels-Yanks this weekend if you're looking to watch some offense.

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