Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Free Pick

The Oakland Athletics are set to face their division rival Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The opening pitch is scheduled for 6:07 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California is in line to televise the matchup.

Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Los Angeles (+155) as the underdog to Oakland (-175). Bettors can wager on the games total with odds sitting at -120 for over 8.5 runs and even money (+100) for under 8.5. Runline odds sit at +120 for taking the Athletics +1.5 runs and -130 for the Angels -1.5 runs.

The Angels are 6-2 SU and 4-3 ATS. They’ve gained 3.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 1.6 units against the spread (ATS). The Athletics have gone 3-6 SU this year and are 4-4 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 3.0 units for moneyline gamblers in the seasons early going and 0.3 units ATS.

Angels games have a 4-3 over/under record thus far in 2018. The Athletics have an over/under record of 3-4-1.

The Athletics have gained 1.1 units and are 3-2 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in three of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 2.3 units and are 4-2 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in four of those games, compared to two that’ve cashed the under.

The right-handed Andrew Triggs (0-0, 1.80 ERA) will get the start for the visiting Athletics. Triggs started 12 games last year and finished the season 5-6 overall with a 4.27 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He made two starts against the Angels in 2017 and put together a 2-0 record against them with a 0.77 ERA and five strikeouts.

The Halos are turning to righty JC Ramirez (0-1, 7.71 ERA), who started 24 games last year and finished the season 11-10 overall with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.

As a unit, Los Angeles pitchers have yielded 4.1 runs per game overall this year. The teams starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.45, a WHIP of 1.29 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.2. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 1.91, a WHIP of 1.12 and a K/9 of 9.3. In five games against divisional opponents, Angels starters have an ERA of 5.84 and the bullpens ERA is 2.91.

Los Angeles hitters have put up 6.4 runs per contest, including 7.2 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .281/.351/.481 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

Shohei Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons have led the Angels offense so far. Ohtani is slashing .389/.421/.889 with seven hits, seven RBIs and four runs scored, while the line for Simmons stands at .412/.429/.471 with 14 hits, seven RBIs and seven runs.

In the visiting dugout, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.33 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 5.51 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.00, along with a WHIP of 1.18 and a K-per-9 of 5.73.

Athletics hitters have slashed .269/.344/.422 on their way to 4.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

Oakland’s hitters have been led by third baseman Matt Chapman and second baseman Jed Lowrie. Chapman is slashing .412/.459/.706 with 14 hits, seven RBIs and seven runs scored, while Lowrie (.351/.400/.514) is up to 13 hits, six RBIs and two runs scored.

Chapman didn’t perform especially well against righty pitching on the road last season. Over 115 such plate appearances, he put up a slash line of .149/.243/.347 (compared to his total season line of .234/.313/.472).

Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The Athletics went 7-12 SU against the Angels last season.
  • The Athletics have lost three of their last four games SU while the Angels have won six of their last seven SU,
  • The Angels bullpen recorded 3.10 ERA against the Athletics last year.