Angels vs. Athletics Prediction
The Oakland Athletics shut out the visiting Los Angeles Angels last night and will be going for the series sweep this afternoon. Can Oakland win again as the favorites in the matchup?
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Oakland Coliseum at 3:37PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Athletics are a -171 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Angels are a +161 underdog, while the over-under is set at 10 runs. As of Thursday morning, 57 percent of public bets are coming in on host Oakland. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Angels held to five hits
Los Angeles was shut out on five hits Wednesday night at Oakland to drop to 65-75 overall and 30-41 on the road. David Fletcher led the Angels offense from the leadoff spot as he finished 2-for-4. Matt Thaiss was 1-for-2 with a double, while Albert Pujols ended the game 1-for-3 with a double. Patrick Sandoval took the loss as he allowed one earned run on one hit with three strikeouts and one walk over 3 1/3 innings pitched. Luke Bard draws the start today for LA as he enters with an 1-2 record, 5.09 ERA and 1.33 WHIP plus 26 strikeouts over 35 1/3 innings pitched.
Roark, home runs lift A's
Oakland posted a 4-0 victory Wednesday night at home over Los Angeles to improve to 80-58 overall and 45-26 at home. Tanner Roark earned the win as he allowed five hits with six strikeouts and two walks over 6 2/3 shutout innings. Jurickson Profar and Sean Murphy helped pace the Athletics offense as they both finished 1-for-3 with a solo home run. It was the first career MLB hit for Murphy. Marcus Semien was 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Brett Anderson gets the start today for Oakland as he comes in with an 11-9 record, 4.04 ERA and 1.30 WHIP plus 77 strikeouts across 156 innings of work.
MLB Betting Trends
The Angels are 3-15 in their last 18 road games. Los Angeles is 1-8 in its last nine games versus the AL West.
The A's are 4-0 in their last four Thursday games. Oakland is 0-4 in the last four Anderson home starts.
Anderson has dominated in two starts against the Angels this season, not giving up a run over 13 2/3 innings. But things can change in a hurry in the MLB and with the Angels desperate for a win, the contact-heavy Anderson is capable of a bad outing any given day. Bard and the bullpen will have their work cut out, but I am betting on LA winning a close one here.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES ANGELS +161