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AJ Griffin, Jason Vargas take mound in Angels vs Athletics tilt

Oakland Athletics

Los Angeles Angels
94-63 September 24, 2013, 10:05 PM | Angel Stadium 76-80

The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Los Angeles and Oakland on Tuesday, with the host Angels trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

The Angels will rely on Jason Vargas to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while AJ Griffin will be his counterpart for the Athletics. Jason Vargas is 8-7 this season, and AJ Griffin is 14-9.

View Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels Odds and Stats.

Those going with the Angels in this one found them listed as moneyline Underdog of 106 at TopBet for Tuesday's contest. The total was hovering near 7.5 at Bovada.

This game puts the Angels, most recently No. 7 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Athletics, who rate a No. 1 in the latest survey.

The Athletics were a 10-5 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Angels. That made winners of bettors who got Oakland at +126 on the moneyline, while the total score (15) was good news for OVER bettors. Oakland got the job done in their last match in a 10-5 victory over Los Angeles on Monday at Angel Stadium behind starter Tom Milone.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 6 ranked offense (4.57 runs per game) against a Athletics defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 7 at 3.89 runs allowed per game. The Angels have been averaging 9.14 hits per game, more than the Athletics have managed so far this season (8.68 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Oakland owns the No. 12-rated road mark, allowing 4.05 runs per game on the highway. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 11 in scoring at home.

A few Athletics at Angels trends to consider:
Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games
Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Oakland's last 12 games on the road
LA Angels is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
LA Angels is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 16 of LA Angels's last 24 games at home
LA Angels is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Oakland

Next up:
Oakland at Anaheim, Wednesday, September 25th