Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics Free Pick

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The Los Angeles Angels will go for their fourth straight victory as they play host to the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. NBC Sports – California will televise the matchup and the opening pitch is scheduled for 10:07 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels Odds

Vegas is listing Oakland (-140) as the favorite over Los Angeles (+130). The total sits at nine runs and bettors can wager on the over for +100 and the under for -120. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the current odds sitting at Athletics -1.5 runs (+105) and Angels +1.5 runs (-125).

The Athletics have gone 96-63 SU this year and are 84-75 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 37.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 9.3 units ATS. Oakland is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven. The Angels, on the other hand, are 78-81 SU and 71-88 ATS. They’ve lost 9.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 27.9 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread just once in its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven.

Angels games have an over/under record of 71-78-10 in 2018. Oakland has an over/under record of 77-73-9.

The right-handed Mike Fiers is getting the start for the visiting Athletics. Fiers is 12-7 with a 3.31 ERA and 136 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with four strikeouts and a 1.59 ERA against Los Angeles this year.

The Angels are putting the ball in the right hand of Jaime Barria (10-9, 3.54 ERA), who’s got 94 strikeouts and 41 walks this season as well as a 1.27 WHIP. Barria hasn’t faced the Athletics yet this year and did not accrue any MLB pitching stats last season.

Los Angeles’ pitching staff has given up 4.5 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The club’s starters have a 4.34 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.93 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 8.5 K/9. In 73 games against AL West opponents, Angels starters have an ERA of 4.25 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.48.

Los Angeles’ offense has produced 4.4 runs per contest, including 4.6 per game against divisional foes and 3.8 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .179/.285/.378 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Angels’ hitters have been led by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder Mike Trout. Simmons is slashing .294/.338/.420 with 11 home runs, 74 RBIs and 66 runs scored, and Trout is batting .313 with 38 homers, 77 RBIs, 99 runs and 24 steals.

In the other dugout, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 4.17 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 6.65 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.30, along with a WHIP of 1.24.

Athletics hitters have slashed .253/.328/.440 on their way to 5.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.6 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Oakland’s hitters have been led by shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Jed Lowrie. Semien is hitting .256/.319/.389 with 15 home runs, 68 RBIs, 89 runs and 14 stolen bases, while Lowrie (.267/.355/.447) is up to 22 homers, 96 RBIs and 77 runs scored.

The Athletics have gained 30.4 units and are 53-50 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 52 of those games, compared to 47 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 2.6 units and are 51-58 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in 54 of those games, compared to 49 that’ve gone under.

Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in five of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • The Athletics have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.
  • Oakland has posted 27.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 26.0 over its last five.