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Oakland Athletics host Los Angeles Angels in baseball action

Los Angeles Angels

Oakland Athletics
73-78 September 18, 2013, 03:35 PM | O.co Coliseum 89-62

The Oakland Athletics battle the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday in MLB betting action at O.co Coliseum.

It's a pitching duel between AJ Griffin for the Athletics (14-9 on the year) and Jason Vargas for Los Angeles (8-7 so far).

View Los Angeles Angels vs Oakland Athletics Odds and Stats.

Baseball odds makers, including 5Dimes, opened the Athletics as -157 moneyline Favorite in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 8 at shops such as 5Dimes.

The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 7-rated Angels taking on the No. 2-rated Athletics in this contest.

The Angels were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Athletics. That made winners of bettors who got Oakland at -160 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. Los Angeles suffered a 2-1 loss against Oakland on Tuesday, as Garrett Richards wasn't able to lead his team to victory at O.co Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Oakland has baseball's No. 6-rated offensive output, at 8.56 hits per game. The Angels average 9.23 hits per game, good for No. 3 on the list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Oakland has the No. 8-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Angels own the No. 24 mark in runs allowed.

A few Angels at Athletics trends to consider:
LA Angels is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
LA Angels is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games on the road
LA Angels is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Angels's last 6 games when playing Oakland
Oakland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Oakland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Oakland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing LA Angels
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 6 games when playing LA Angels

Next up:
Los Angeles at Seattle, Friday, September 20th
Oakland at Minnesota, Thursday, September 19th