Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics meet in game one of their early week series. The Angels are -165 favorites over the Athletics with an over/under total set at 6.5 runs.
The Los Angeles Angels are looking to regroup after tying the Texas Rangers for first place in the AL West; they have lost four games in a row. The Angels are 5-5 in their last 10 games, two and a half games behind the Rangers, and have outscored their opponents 85-80 For the season Los Angeles is hitting .252 with Macier Izturis hitting .338, Alberto Callespo is hitting .301, and Peter Bourjos is hitting .301. As a staff the Angels have an ERA of 3.15 with the starters at 3.33 and the bullpen at 2.78. For game one of the series Los Angeles starts Jered Weaver who as won his first five starts of the year. For the season Weaver has allowed 19 hits and five earned runs while striking out 39 in 36.2 innings of work.
The Oakland Athletics have won two in a row and come into this series with some momentum as they are back to .500 on the year. The Athletics are three and a half games back in the AL West, 5-5 in their last 10, and have outscored their opponents 80-68. As a team Oakland has a batting average of .241 With Coco Crisp hitting .259, Kurt Suzuki hitting .250, and Cliff Pennington hitting .246. As a team the Athletics pitching staff has an ERA of 2.46 with the starters at 2.20 and the bullpen at 3.15. For game one at the Big A Oakland starts Gio Gonzalez who is looking to bounce back from his first loss of the year. On the season Gonzalez has allowed 20 hits and five earned runs while striking out 23 in 25 innings of work.
Los Angeles is 4-1 in their last five games as a favorite, 0-5 in their last five home games, and 6-0 in Weaver’s last six starts. Oakland is 9-20 in their last 29 as a road underdog, 2-5 in their last seven game one of a series, and 9-4 in Gonzalez’s last 13 starts. The Athletics have lost their last six in Los Angeles.
I don’t see a lot of scoring here and while the low run total is a mild deterrent, I’ll take the under 6.5 runs
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