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MLB Pick: Oakland Athletics at LA Angels

coco crispThe Oakland Athletics are in LA for the first game of a three game series with the Angels. The Angels have played the Athletics well of late winning 10 of the last 15 meetings overall but they have lost 4 of the last 5 meetings played at home in LA.

Head to Head Trends

Athletics are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.
Over is 12-3-1 in the last 16 meetings in Los Angeles.

LA Angels (-145)

The LA Angels are 4th in the American League West 14.5 games back of the 1st place Texas Rangers. This has obviously;y been a disappointing season so far for the Angels being 11 games under .500 but they have played fairly decent and probably should be a lot closer to .500 based on their run differential so maybe they’re due to go on a run soon.  The Angels are averaging 4.62 runs per game on defense and allowing 4.61 runs per game on defense.

On the hill for the Angels today is Matt Shoemaker who is 5-11 with a 4.17 ERA on the season. Shoemaker got off to a rough start this season but he’s been better the past couple months with 9 of his last 13 starts being quality starts.

LA Angels Trends

Angels are 8-2 in their last 10 home games.
Angels are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a left-handed starter.

Oakland Athletics (+135)

The Oakland Athletics are also 4th in the American League West 14.5 games out of 1st place. The Athletics have not played very well at all this season and based on their run differential they should be a lot more then 11 games under .500 but some how they have the exact same winning percentage as the Angels. The Athletics are averaging just 4.08 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.86 runs per game on defense for a -0.78 run differential.

Starting for the Athletics in this one is lefty Sean Manaea who is 3-5 with a 4.57 ERA on the season. Just like Shoemaker Manaea also got off to a rough start but he’s been much better of late as well with 3 quality starts in his last 4 outings.

Oakland Athletics Trends

Athletics are 2-5 in their last 7 road games.
Athletics are 1-4 in Manaeas last 5 road starts.

Pick Conclusion

I like the LA Angles over the Athletics in this one. Even though both teams have the same 47-58 record the Angels are the better team overall they have just been on the wrong side of a lot of close games this season and it’s only time till they start winning those close games.

Free Pick: LA Angels -145

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