Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics
MLB Prediction: Oakland Athletics -139 odds (September 22nd 2014)
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The A’s were finally able to show some life at the plate in Sunday’s 8-6 win over the Phillies. It was the first time in nearly 2 weeks that Oakland scored more than 4 runs in a game. They now have a 2-game cushion in the AL Wild Card race and I look for them to carry over that momentum at home against division rival LA tonight.
Oakland has won 5 of 6 games at home against the Angels this season and are sending one of their top starters to the mound in Jeff Samardzija, who has a 1.50 ERA over his last 4 starts. Samardzija was brilliant in his only start against LA this season, holding the Angels to just 1 earned run on 4 hits with 9 strikeouts over 8 innings.
As long as the A’s offense can provide a few runs here, you have to like Oakland’s chances of winning this game. Hard to not like the offense to do just that, as the Angels’ C.J. Wilson is 4-7 with an ugly 5.18 ERA and 1.580 WHIP over 14 road starts this season. Wilson also has a 5.10 ERA in night games and a 5.17 ERA versus division opponents.
The Angels are just 3-18 in their last 21 road games when listed as an underdog of +125 to +150, while Oakland is 18-5 in their last 23 as a home favorite of -125 to -150. We also see that the A’s are a perfect 10-0 when revenging a same season 3-game sweep against an opponent. Take Oakland!
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