Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

Victor TrejosBaseball, MLB

The struggling Oakland Athletics will look to avoid dropping their fifth straight game when they play host to the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California will televise the action and the game is scheduled to get going at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics Odds

Los Angeles (+110) is entering this game as the underdog against Oakland (-120) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this afternoon’s game at 8.5 runs (-105 for the under and -115 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the runline odds sitting at Angels +1.5 runs (-190) and Athletics -1.5 runs (+165).

The Athletics are 34-36 straight up (SU) and 31-38 against the spread (ATS). The team’s lost 0.9 units for moneyline bettors and 8.3 units (ATS). On the other hand, the Angels are 38-32 SU and have gone 32-37 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 1.0 units for moneyline bettors and 8.0 units ATS.

Athletics games have a 32-33-4 over/under record thus far in 2018. Los Angeles has an over/under record of 30-35-4.

Nick Tropeano will get the nod for the visiting Angels. The right-handed Tropeano is 3-4 with a 4.83 ERA and 44 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Athletics this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Athletics are planning to start lefty Sean Manaea (5-6, 3.49 ERA), who has 64 strikeouts and 18 walks, as well as a 0.99 WHIP. Manaea is 0-1 with seven strikeouts and a 1.17 ERA in one start against Los Angeles this year.

As a unit, Oakland’s pitching staff has given up 4.5 runs per game overall in 2018. The team’s starting pitching staff has a 4.41 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.50 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 8.2 K/9. In 35 games against AL West foes, Athletics starters have an ERA of 5.77 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.16.

Oakland’s offense is putting up 4.3 runs per outing, including 3.5 per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .221/.294/.399 over its last five games and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

Jed Lowrie has helped lead the Athletics’ offense this year with nine home runs, 42 RBIs and 26 runs scored.

For the visitors, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 3.67 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.96 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.78, along with a K-per-9 of 9.30.

Angels hitters have slashed .248/.324/.423 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game this season, including 5.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).

Mike Trout has led Los Angeles’ offense so far and is slashing .323/.450/.690 with 23 home runs, 46 RBIs, 58 runs and 13 steals.

The Angels are looking for another win following an 8-4 victory in the prior game of this series.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics Free Prediction


Predictions: SU Winner – Athletics, ATS Winner – Angels, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in three of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • The Angels have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games. The Athletics have hit 12 over their last 10.
  • Oakland has recorded 19.7 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 contests and 18.0 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have dropped five of their last six games SU.