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Los Angeles Angels travel to Chicago for inter-league play on Wednesday, hoping to
secure a victory over the Cubs.

Los Angeles puts its faith in starter C.J. Wilson to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 8-6. Getting the ball for the Cubs is Jeff Samardzija, who owns a 5-8 record on the season with a 3.54 ERA.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Cubs, most recently No. 8 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Angels, who rate an American League No. 7 in the latest survey. 

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Chicago's National League No. 6-ranked scoring average of 4.1 runs per game, against a Angels offense rated No. 7 and scoring 4.6 runs per game in the league. The Cubs have averaged 8.3 hits per game to date this season, less than the Angels hitters have managed (9.2 per nine innings).

Chicago owns the National League's No. 8 defense, allowing 4.1 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Los Angeles' American League No. 12-rated defense.

The Angels were a 7-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Cubs. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at +125 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for UNDER bettors. Los Angeles suffered a 7-2 loss against Chicago on Tuesday, as Joe Blanton wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Wrigley Field.

Los Angeles Angels Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Seattle are 5-5
After playing Chicago Cubs are 4-4
After a loss are 6-4

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 5-5
After playing LA Angels are 5-3
After a win are 5-5

A few Angels at Cubs trends to consider:
LA Angels are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games on the road
LA Angels are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Angels' last 8 games when playing Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
Chicago Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago Cubs' last 8 games when playing LA Angels
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Chicago Cubs' last 15 games

Next up for the Los Angeles Angeles:
LA Angels at Seattle, Friday, July 12