The Oakland Athletics (17-24) are 5-0 SU in their last five road games after beating the Los Angeles Angels (24-17) Friday night on the road. The Athletics will be looking for another upset victory as an Athletics vs Angels prediction when this three-game series continues Saturday night in Anaheim.
Athletics vs Angels Odds & Analysis
The Angels opened as -132 favorites on Saturday before betting action on them as the preferred Athletics vs Angels prediction bumped the line up to Los Angeles -140. Oakland is going off as a +120 road underdog in this AL West rivalry game while the total is set at 7.5 runs. The UNDER is 10-4 in Los Angeles’s last 14 games against Oakland.
Frankie Montas allowed only five hits and two earned runs and struck out 12 batters in six innings pitched against the Angels last Sunday, but the Athletics lost that game 4-1. Montas carries a 3.67 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP on the season and a 2.36 ERA in 68.2 career innings against Los Angeles into Saturday night’s start.
Michael Lorenzen pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run in a 9-1 win over the Athletics last Saturday. The right-hander has been pitching well in his first season as a starter since 2015 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP through his first six starts with the Angels.
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Oakland Has Enjoyed Recent Success Over Los Angeles
Jed Lowrie went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and Seth Brown went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Friday night’s 4-2 road win over the Angels. Oakland improved to 13-4 SU in its last 17 games against the Angels with the victory.
The Athletics have actually been far better on the road this season than they have been at home with an 11-9 SU record away from home and a 6-15 SU record in Oakland. Bettors taking Oakland as their Athletics vs Angels prediction will be hoping that the team’s strong road play continues this weekend.
Los Angeles Hoping To Snap Four-Game Losing Streak
The Angels were on a nice roll with a 9-3 SU record before losing each of their last four games. Poor pitching has been one of the biggest issues for Los Angeles during this current slump as the team has allowed 6.75 runs per game over its last four games.
Los Angeles enters the weekend trailing the Houston Astros by 1.5 games for the top spot in the AL West. There is still a long season ahead for this divisional race to play out, but these early season in-division losses could come back to haunt the Angels if they don’t turn things around soon.
Athletics vs Angels Pick & Insights
Athletics: Keys to Victory
Only the Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates rank lower than the Athletics in runs scored this season with 3.32 runs per game. Oakland’s best shot at grinding out a win as an Athletics vs Angels prediction is to continue to lean on its pitching, much like it did in Friday’s upset win.
Angels: Keys to Victory
Michael Lorenzen has been rock-solid for the Angels this season and should continue to pitch well against this weak Athletics offense. The pressure will be on Los Angeles’s bats to produce enough offense to snap the team’s four-game losing streak as an Athletics vs Angels pick in this one.
MLB Computer Pick: Angels -139 ML
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