Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics Free Preview

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The Los Angeles Angels will head west to face their AL West foe Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California will televise the action and the opening pitch is scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Oakland (-140) as the favorite over Los Angeles (+130). Bettors are able to gamble on the game’s total with odds listed at even money (+100) for over 8.5 runs and -120 for under 8.5. The game’s most recent runline odds stand at -170 for betting the Angels +1.5 runs and +150 for the Athletics -1.5.

The Angels are 74-76 SU and have gone 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 just twice over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Athletics, on the other hand, are 90-60 SU and 80-70 ATS. The team’s gained 35.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline 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.

Oakland games have a 70-71-9 over/under record in 2018. Angels games have gone under 76 times, gone over 65 times and pushed on nine instances.

Southpaw Tyler Skaggs will get the start for the visiting Angels. Skaggs (8-8, 3.78 ERA) has recorded 123 strikeouts in 116.2 innings so far. He’s 2-1 with 18 strikeouts and a 3.78 ERA against Oakland this year (three starts).

The Athletics are putting the ball in the right hand of Liam Hendriks (0-1, 5.60 ERA, 1.70 WHIP), who has 17 strikeouts and nine walks. Hendriks is 0-0 with two strikeouts and a 3.38 ERA against Los Angeles this year.

Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 4.23 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.72 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.63, along with a WHIP of 1.30.

The Angels offense has slashed .246/.318/.416 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.7 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Los Angeles’ offense has been led by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder Mike Trout, who have combined to launch 45 home runs. Simmons is hitting .295/.340/.420 with 11 home runs, 71 RBIs and 63 runs scored, while Trout is hitting .318 with 34 homers, 70 RBIs, 94 runs and 23 steals.

For the home team, Oakland’s pitchers have given up 4.1 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have an ERA of 4.17, a WHIP of 1.24 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.6. The bullpen has a 3.25 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 8.9 K/9. In 67 divisional games, Athletics starters have an ERA of 5.26 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.52.

The Oakland hitters have produced 4.8 runs per contest, including 4.7 per game against divisional foes and 4.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .250/.309/.403 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Jed Lowrie have led the charge for the Athletics’ hitters this year. Semien is slashing .258/.323/.382 with 12 home runs, 56 RBIs, 84 runs and 14 stolen bases, while Lowrie’s line is .268/.353/.450 with 21 homers, 91 RBIs and 69 runs.

The Angels have gained 3.3 units and are 49-53 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 49 of those games, compared to 48 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 6.7 units and are 30-24 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has cashed in 23 of those games, compared to 26 that went under.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • Los Angeles has recorded 21 extra-base hits over its last five games. Oakland has 14 XBH over its last five.
  • The Athletics have lost three of their last four games SU.
  • Oakland has posted 23.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 22.4 over its last five.
  • The Angels have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.