Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Free Preview

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The Oakland Athletics are ready to square off against their in-state rival Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The game gets underway 3:07 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California will televise the action.

Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels Odds

The Athletics are 97-64 SU and have gone 84-76 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 35.8 units for moneyline bettors and 8.3 units ATS. The Angels, on the other hand, are 79-82 SU and 72-88 ATS. The team’s lost 8.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 26.9 units ATS.

Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 72-78-10 in 2018. The Athletics have an over/under record of 78-73-9.

Southpaw Brett Anderson will get the nod for the visiting Athletics. Anderson is 4-5 with a 4.42 ERA and 42 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with seven strikeouts and a 1.54 ERA against Los Angeles this year (two starts).

The Angels will turn to righty Matt Shoemaker (2-2, 4.82 ERA) to the mound. Shoemaker has 30 strikeouts and eight walks to his name, as well as a 1.25 WHIP. Shoemaker is 1-1 with eight strikeouts and an 8.64 ERA over two starts against Oakland this year.

Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 4.16 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 6.63 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.35, along with a WHIP of 1.24 and a K/9 of 8.78.

Athletics hitters have slashed .253/.328/.440 on their way to 5.0 runs scored per game this year, including 5.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Oakland’s offense has been led by shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Jed Lowrie. Semien is slashing .255/.319/.388 with 15 home runs, 70 RBIs, 89 runs and 14 stolen bases, while Lowrie has a .269 average with 23 homers, 99 RBIs and 78 runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, Los Angeles’ pitching staff has yielded 4.5 runs per game overall this season. Its starting pitching staff has a 4.33 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.92 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 8.6 K/9. In 75 games against AL West opponents, Angels starters have an ERA of 4.23 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.45.

The Los Angeles offense has produced 4.4 runs per outing, including 4.6 per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .197/.322/.401 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Angels’ offense has been led by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder Mike Trout. Simmons is slashing .292/.337/.417 with 11 home runs, 75 RBIs and 68 runs scored, while Trout’s line is .313/.460/.630 with 39 homers, 79 RBIs, 101 runs and 24 stolen bases.

Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • Oakland has recorded 18 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Los Angeles has 15 XBH over its last five.
  • Oakland has posted 28.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 26.0 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit 20 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.