Back on May 21 the New York Yankees were 21-21, and causing big problems for bettors out there backing them regularly on the MLB odds. Now, as we begin the ‘second half’ of this baseball regular season, New York owns the best record in baseball.

The Yanks will look to continue their recent roll when they host the Los Angeles Angels for a three-game series in the Bronx beginning Friday night.

New York won 26 of its last 36 games going into the break to not only grab the lead in the AL East, but open up a seven-game advantage on the second-place Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees are also a half-game up on Texas in the fight for the best record in the American League, and the top seed in the upcoming AL playoffs that comes with that.

The Angels, meanwhile, ain’t been playing too badly themselves lately, winning 30 of their last 43 games. So after their snaily-slow start the Halos are now 10 games above .500 at 48-38, and just four games behind the division-leading Rangers in the AL West.

The Angels now also lead the AL Wild-Card race by 2.5 games over the Orioles and three games over the Rays.

New York and LA have split six games so far this season, each winning a series on their home fields.

As of late Thursday morning, the Angels had not yet revealed their pitching rotation for this weekend, because three of their starters, CJ Wilson, Dan Haren and Jerome Williams, are dealing with various ailments. 

The Yanks, meanwhile, with two-fifths of their starting rotation on the DL, will go with Hiroki Kuroda Friday, Freddie Garcia Saturday and Ivan Nova Sunday.

New York is 13-4 in Nova’s starts this season, 9-8 in Kuroda’s starts this season and 3-3 in Garcia’s starts.