Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels Betting Preview
AL West Division rivals meet up on Thursday night to begin a four-game weekend series as the Los Angeles Angels host the Oakland Athletics. There is plenty at stake this weekend, including one of the Wild Card sports in the American League.
Oakland is a team that was expected to challenge for the AL West Division title, but they have struggled to keep pace with the Houston Astros. The Athletics come into this game with a record of 57-46, but a Wild Card spot is the best chance to reach the playoffs.
Los Angeles has won four of its last five games to get back over the .500 mark on the season. The Angels are still just 51-50 on the year, and they have some work to do to get back into the playoff race.
The Oakland Athletics are the betting favorites on the road to begin this series with the Los Angeles Angels.
Oakland Must Find Offense
The Athletics were able to put up 10 runs in their most recent game against the San Diego Padres, but this team has been slumping of late. Oakland is at or below league average in most offensive categories, and that could keep them from reaching the postseason.
Matt Olson is doing all he can for his team, leading the Athletics with a .285 batting average to go along with 27 home runs and 67 RBIs. Olson is going to need some help as it takes offense to knock off the Angels.
Frankie Montas starts for the Athletics on Thursday night, and he has been a solid performer this season. Montas has gone 8-8 with a 4.34 ERA so far this season, and he will be a big key for the Athletics in the second half.
Angels Struggling to Get Outs
The Angels have not been a great pitching team this season, but one of their top pitchers is on the mound on Thursday night. Los Angeles currently has a team ERA of 4.83, and that is the biggest weakness facing the Angels.
Alex Cobb has gone 7-3 with a 3.82 ERA, and the Angels need him to deliver a great outing in this game.
Shohei Ohtani leads the Angels with 37 home runs and 81 RBIs, and the Athletics have to find a way to get him out. Los Angeles can score some runs, but they also give up plenty on the other side.
Athletics Win Series Opener
This should be a solid pitching matchup on Thursday night and don’t expect a ton of offense in this one. That style of game suits the Athletics a little better as the Angels usually win games by piling on the runs.
Oakland is the much more complete team, but they have not been playing their best baseball of late. Look for the Athletics to use this series against the Angels as a chance to turn things around and build-up for the final two months of the season.
Bet the Oakland Athletics money line as they find just enough offense to pick up a win in the series opener.
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