Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels Free Pick

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The Oakland Athletics are set to face off against their division rival Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. NBC Sports – California will be showing the action and the game will get going at 1:07 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels Odds

Oakland (-130) is favored against Los Angeles (+110) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this afternoon’s game at 8.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the games total sit at -115 for the over and -105 for the under. You can also wager on the games runline with the odds standing at Athletics +1.5 runs (+170) and Angels -1.5 runs (-180).

The Athletics are 4-6 SU and have gone 4-5 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 4.0 units for moneyline gamblers this year and 2.0 units ATS. The Angels are 6-3 SU and 5-3 ATS. The teams gained 4.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.1 units ATS.

Angels games have an over/under record of 5-3 so far in 2018. Oakland has an over/under record of 4-4-1.

The Athletics have gained 0.1 units and are 3-3 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in four of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 3.3 units and are 5-2 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in five of those games, compared to two that went under the total.

Kendall Graveman (0-1, 8.10 ERA) will get the start for the visiting Athletics. The right-handed Graveman started 19 games last year and finished the season 6-4 overall with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He made five starts against the Angels in 2017 and put together a 1-1 record against them with a 4.66 ERA and 25 strikeouts.

The Halos will put the ball in the hands of righty Shohei Ohtani (1-0, 4.50 ERA), who did not record any MLB pitching stats in 2017.

As a unit, Los Angeles pitching staff has allowed 4.4 runs per game overall this year. Its starting pitching staff has a 5.83 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 8.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 2.42, a WHIP of 1.16 and a K/9 of 9.3. In six games against divisional opponents, Angels starters have an ERA of 6.41 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.45.

Los Angeles offense has put up 6.0 runs per outing, including 6.4 per game over its last five. The team has hit .254/.328/.475 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Justin Upton and Shohei Ohtani have led the Angels batters this year. Upton is hitting .306/.366/.639 with 11 hits, eight RBIs and seven runs scored, while Ohtani’s line is .389/.421/.889 with seven hits, seven RBIs and four runs.

In the visiting dugout, Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 5.1 runs per game and its starters own a 5.10 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 5.93 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 2.97, along with a K/9 of 6.44.

Athletics hitters have slashed .265/.353/.422 on their way to 4.3 runs scored per game this year, including over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

Oakland’s offense has been led by third baseman Matt Chapman and second baseman Jed Lowrie. Chapman is slashing .405/.476/.730 with 15 hits, eight RBIs and nine runs scored, while Lowrie is hitting .341/.400/.561 with 14 hits, two homers, seven RBIs and three runs scored.

Compared to his total season slash line of .234/.313/.472, Chapman did not perform especially well against righties on the road last season, putting up a slash line of .149/.243/.347 across 115 such plate appearances.

Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The Athletics went 7-12 SU against the Angels last season.
  • The Angels bullpen managed an ERA of 3.10 against the Athletics last year.