Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels Matchup

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The Oakland Athletics will be taking on their in-state rival Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The first pitch is scheduled for 9:07 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California will televise the action.

Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels Odds

The Angels are 79-81 straight up (SU) and 71-88 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 9.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 27.9 units (ATS). Los Angeles has covered the spread only once in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Athletics have gone 96-64 SU this year and are 84-75 ATS. Overall, the team’s accumulated 37.0 units for moneyline gamblers and 9.3 units ATS. Oakland is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven.

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

Trevor Cahill is getting the nod for the visiting Athletics. The right-handed Cahill (6-4, 3.91 ERA) has racked up 98 strikeouts in 106 innings so far. He’s 0-0 with three strikeouts and a 7.71 ERA against Los Angeles this year.

The Angels are handing the ball to lefty Tyler Skaggs (8-9, 3.91 ERA), who has 126 strikeouts and 38 walks, as well as a WHIP of 1.32. Skaggs is 2-1 with 21 strikeouts and a 3.20 ERA over four starts against Oakland this year.

Los Angeles’ pitching staff has given up 4.5 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The club’s starters have an ERA of 4.31, a WHIP of 1.31 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.8. The bullpen has a 3.93 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 8.5 K/9. In 74 games against AL West foes, Angels starters have an ERA of 4.19 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.48.

The Los Angeles offense has produced 4.5 runs per contest, including 4.6 per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .197/.311/.434 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Angels’ hitters have been led by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and right fielder Mike Trout. Simmons is hitting .293/.338/.418 with 11 home runs, 75 RBIs and 66 runs scored, and Trout’s line is .315/.463/.635 with 39 homers, 79 RBIs, 101 runs and 24 stolen bases.

For the visitors, Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 4.17 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 6.64 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.38, along with a K/9 of 8.79.

Athletics hitters have slashed .253/.328/.439 on their way to 5.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Oakland’s offense has been powered by shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Jed Lowrie. Semien is slashing .257/.320/.391 with 15 home runs, 70 RBIs, 89 runs and 14 steals, while Lowrie (.268/.356/.447) has produced 22 homers, 97 RBIs and 77 runs scored.

The Athletics have gained 6.7 units and are 31-25 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 25 of those games, as opposed to 26 that’ve gone under against lefty starters. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 2.6 units and are 51-58 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 54 of those games, compared to 49 that went under the total.

Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in five of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • Oakland has recorded 28.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 25.2 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.