Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 20 (5/20): MLB

Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 20 (5/20): MLB

Credit: photo by Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 9:38 p.m. EST
Ahtletics money line +148
Ahtletics run line +1.5 (-125)
Angels money line -180
Angels  run line -1.5 (+105)
Over / under 7.5

 

Key stats

  Oakland Athletics Los Angeles Angels
Record 16-24 24-16
Road / home record 10-9 12-7
Last 10 record 5-5 5-5
Streak L1 L3
Over / under record 15-21-4 20-18-2
Runs / game 3.30 4.90
Runs allowed / game 3.44 3.70

Preview

The Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics will play a 3-game series at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The A's lost their last series against the Twins while the Angels were swept by the Rangers.

Oakland Athletics

The Athletics get here with a 16-24 record and have lost 4 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 3.30 runs per game and allowing 3.4 runs. Sheldon Neuse is batting for .272 AVG. Sean Murphy leads with 20 RBI and 4 home runs.

Paul Blackburn leads the pitching staff with 4 wins, a 1.67 ERA and 29 strikeouts.

Probable Pitcher:  Paul Blackburn (4-0, 1.67 ERA)

Blackburn will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Athletics. Blackburn gave up one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out three over 6.2 innings in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Angels. He did not factor in the decision. In his last start against the Angels he allowed 1 run and struck out 3 across 6.2 innings.

Los Angeles Angels

The Angels have lost 3 games in a row and are 24-16 so far this season. They are currently the #4 offense in the MLB averaging 4.90 runs per game while allowing 3.70 runs. Mike Trout leads the team with a .320 avg, 11 home runs and 23 RBI. Ohtani has 8 Home runs and 27 RBI.

Michael Lorenzen leads the pitching staff with a 3.57 ERA, 24 strikeouts and 4 wins recorded for the Angels.

Probable Pitcher:

Chase Silseth (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will be on the mound for the Angels in the 1st game of the series. Silseth allowed only one hit over six scoreless innings during his first big-league appearance, and another strong performance Friday could go a long way toward locking him in as Los Angeles' No. 6 starter.

BETTING TRENDS

Oakland are 12-4 SU in their last 16 games against LA Angels.

Oakland are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 9 of LA Angels' last 13 games against Oakland.

LA Angels are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games at home.

Prediction

The Angels were outscored by the Rangers in their last series but they return home where the have won 12 of 19 games so far this season but they'll have to face Oakland's best pitcher. Blackburn held the Angels to only run across 6.2 innings in the last meeting. The Angels will send the rookie Silseth who had a good debut. Expect the Angels to struggle against  Blackburn and with the A's averaging only 3 runs per game I think the best play is the under.

PICK: Under 7.5 (-110)

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