Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

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The Los Angeles Angels will face their divisional rival Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The matchup will get underway at 10:05 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California will televise the game.

Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics Odds

Los Angeles (+130) is coming into this one as the underdog against Oakland (-140) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total stand at +100 for the over and -120 for the under. Gamblers can also bet on the game’s spread with the current runline odds sitting at Angels +1.5 runs (-170) and Athletics -1.5 runs (+150).

The Angels are 75-76 SU and are 69-81 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 8.8 units for moneyline gamblers and 21.6 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Athletics, on the other hand, are 90-61 SU and 80-70 ATS. They’ve gained 35.0 units for moneyline bettors and 9.0 units ATS. Oakland has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven outings and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Athletics games have had an over/under record of 70-71-9 in 2018. The Angels have been a good under bet with a total record of 65-76-9.

Felix Pena is getting the nod for the visiting Angels. The right-handed Pena is 3-4 with a 3.75 ERA and 76 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with four strikeouts and a 5.40 ERA against Oakland this year.

The Athletics will turn to lefty Brett Anderson (3-5, 4.35 ERA), who’s got 36 strikeouts and 13 walks as well as a 1.30 WHIP. Anderson is 0-0 with four strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA in one start against Los Angeles this year.

As a unit, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game overall in 2018. The team’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.16, a WHIP of 1.24 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.6. The bullpen has a 3.34 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 8.9 K/9. In 68 divisional games, Athletics starters have an ERA of 5.24 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.71.

Oakland’s offense is putting up 4.9 runs per contest, including 4.7 per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .216/.292/.341 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Jed Lowrie have led the Athletics’ hitters this year. Semien is slashing .257/.323/.380 with 12 home runs, 56 RBIs, 84 runs and 14 stolen bases, and Lowrie’s line is .267/.355/.449 with 21 homers, 91 RBIs and 71 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Los Angeles’ pitching staff allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.21 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.72 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.70, along with a WHIP of 1.30 and a K-per-9 of 8.52.

Angels hitters have slashed .246/.318/.416 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game this year, including 4.8 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Los Angeles’ offensive production has been fueled by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and right fielder Mike Trout, who’ve collectively blasted 46 home runs. Simmons is slashing .298/.343/.424 with 11 home runs, 73 RBIs and 65 runs scored, while Trout is hitting .319/.466/.629 with 35 homers, 71 RBIs, 95 runs and 24 steals.

The Angels have lost 12.1 units and are 20-28 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 16 of those games, compared to 28 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 28.3 units and are 50-46 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s cashed in 47 of those games, compared to 45 that went under the total.

Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • Los Angeles has logged 19 extra-base hits over its last five games. Oakland has 11 XBH over its last five.
  • The Athletics have dropped four of their last five games SU.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 20.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 18.4 over its last five.
  • The Angels have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.