Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics - 4/14/14
Oakland Athletics (7-4) at Los Angeles Angels (5-5)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
Jesse Chavez (R) (0-0) (1.385) vs. Hector Santiago (L) (0-2) (7.717)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -113 / Oakland Athletics +103 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-W, ESPN
The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels will take the field on Monday to begin a three-game series.
The Athletics just took two of three from the Seattle Mariners and have six of their last seven games. The A’s pitching has really stepped up to the plate, allowing one or less runs in three of their last four games. One Oakland pitcher who has contributed to that success is Jesse Chavez, who has allowed two earned runs in 13 innings this season. Chavez has also struck out 13 batters and walked only two. Chavez is 1-2 with an ERA of 7.56 in eight career games against the Angels. This will be his first start.
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The Angels just took two of three from the New York Mets and have won four of their last six games. The Angels pitching staff has also done a decent job, but it’s the batting lineup that’s been getting the job done, including Mike Trout, who has four homeruns and 16 hits in 40 at bats. Taking the mound on Monday will be Hector Santiago, who is 0-2 this season with an ERA of 7.71. Santiago has 10 strike outs in 9.1 innings. Santiago is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in three career games against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 8-3 in their last 11 games vs. a left-handed starter and 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing record. The Angels are 4-9 in their last 13 vs. American League West and 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home favorite. The under is 21-8-2 in the last 31 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Anges are finally hitting the baseball, which is something the A's really aren't capable of doing, as they're one of the worst teams in batting average. The under is worth a play, but with the Angels at this price and at home, Los Angeles is the pick in this matchup.