Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics
The Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland A’s face off on Monday in Anaheim for game one of their series featuring the top two teams in the American League West. The Angels are -120 favorites over the A’s.
The Los Angeles Angels have fallen short of expectations for the past several years but this season they look to be up to the challenge and could be a contender. The Angels are 18-13 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last three games in a row. As a team the Angels are hitting .255 with Mike Trout hitting .293, Howie Kendrick hitting .286, and Erick Aybar hitting .282. As a team the Angels pitching staff has an ERA of 3.95 with the starters at 3.76 and the bullpen at 4.36. For game one against the Athletics the Angels start Garrett Richards who won his last start with his best performance of the season. For the year Richards has allowed 59 hits and 27 earned runs while striking out 73 over 74.2 innings for a 5-2 record and a 3.25 ERA.
The Oakland A’s have the best record in the American League and the second best overall record in baseball. Oakland is 22-12 on the road, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they have a 4.5 game lead in the AL West. As a team the A’s are hitting .251 with Brandon Moss hitting .279, Coco Crisp hitting .274, and Josh Donaldson hitting .270. The A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 2.91 with the starters at 3.06 and the bullpen at 2.62. For game one against the Angels Oakland starts Jesse Chavez who is coming off of a win in his last start. For the season Chavez has allowed 69 hits and 25 earned runs while striking out 69 over 74 innings for a 5-3 record and a 3.04 ERA.
Los Angeles is 7-1 in their last eight home games, 14-6 as a favorite, and 5-2 in Richards’ last seven starts. Oakland is 4-0 against the AL West, 8-2 in their last 10 games, and 6-1 in Chavez’s last seven road starts. Oakland has won five of their last six games against Los Angeles.
The Angels are hot right now but we are getting the better team as a dog and that points me to the A’s here.
Oakland A’s +110 Los Angeles Angels