Angels vs. Athletics Prediction
The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics haven’t had a lot of recent positive momentum. Will one of them get on track when they open a weekend series at 9:35PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, June 15, 2018
8:15PM ET – Kauffman Stadium
TV: FSW; NSCA
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Angels are the slight favorite on the road in this game, as they are getting odds of -125 to win. The Athletics are listed with a money line of +105 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 8.5 runs. The public betting for this game has 76 percent going on Los Angeles on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Angels drop fourth straight
The Angels come in on a slide, getting swept in four straight games by the Seattle Mariners this week. Los Angeles is now 37-32 overall and 20-14 on the road. The Angels are putting up 4.51 runs per game at the plate while allowing 4.09 per contest this year.
Los Angeles hands the ball to Tyler Skaggs tonight. He is 5-4 through his first 13 starts of the 2018 season, carrying a 3.08 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP. Skaggs has pitched a total of 73.0 innings this year and has 78 strikeouts with 23 walks.
Athletics losers of three straight
The Athletics are coming off being swept at home by the Houston Astros in three games. They have been unable to really pull away from the .500 mark. Oakland is now 34-35 on the season and 18-19 at home. The Athletics are averaging 4.35 runs per game this season while allowing 4.42 per contest.
Oakland will have Chris Bassitt opposing Skaggs tonight. Bassitt has pitched in just one game this season, a 2-0 loss to the Royals on June 9. He went seven innings and allowed just the one run with six strikeouts and one walk.
MLB Betting Trends
The Angels have won five of their last six meetings with the Athletics and five of their last seven games in Oakland. They also are 9-2 in their last 11 against a losing team.
Oakland is just 1-4 in its last five home games and 7-20 in its last 27 against AL West opponents. They also have lost six straight against a left-handed starter.
Both teams are on a slide right now, but Los Angeles was losing to a hot Seattle team. Oakland has been playing average for a while and losing to some bad teams over recent weeks. I think they will continue to struggle at the plate against Skaggs and not be able to give Bassitt any run support.
The Pick: Los Angeles Angels -125