Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics
The Oakland A’s and the Los Angeles Angels face off on Monday in Oakland for game one of their American League West series. The Athletics are -115 favorites over the Angels with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Oakland A’s are the defending AL West champions and while they don’t lead the division they are very much in the thick of things. The A’s are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 7-7 at home this season, and they are 2.5 games behind the Rangers in the standings. As a team the A;s are hitting .251 with Jed Lowrie hitting .344, Josh Donaldson hitting .319, Coco Crisp hitting .290, and Brandon Moss hitting .289. the A’s opponents are hitting .260 and the Oakland pitching staff has an ERA of 4.19. For Monday’s game Oakland starts Daniel Strally who makes his second start of the year. In his last start Strally allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out 11 over 6.2 innings of work getting the win.
The Los Angeles Angels are a disappointment so far this season but they still have plenty of time to turn it around. The Angels are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 3-9 on the road this season, and they are 6.5 games behind Texas in the standings. As a team the Angels are hitting .272 with Peter Burjos hitiing .329, Mark Trumbo hitting .296, Howie Kendrick hitting .289, and Mike Trout hitting .263. The Angels opponents are hitting .275 and the Los Angeles pitching staff has an ERA of 4.82. For game one against A’s Los Angeles starts Tommy Hanson who missed his last start for personal reasons. For the season Hanson has allowed 20 hits and eight earned runs while striking out eight over 17 innings for a 2-1 record and a 4.24 ERA.
Oakland is 43-17 in their last 60 games as a favorite, 48-23 in their last 71 home games, and 6-2 in Strally’s last eight starts. Los Angeles is 2-6 in their last eight games as an underdog, 1-7 in their last eight road games, and 1-9 in their last 10 road games against a right-handed starter. Los Angeles is 6-2 in their last eight games in Oakland.
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