Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics - 4/15/14
Oakland Athletics (8-4) at Los Angeles Angels (6-6)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
Daniel Straily (R) (1-1) (2.769) vs. Garrett Richards (R) (2-0) (0.750)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -121 / Oakland Athletics +111 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CA, FSN-W
The Oakland Athletics will look to stay hot when they play game 2 against the Los Angeles Angels. The Athletics took game 1 on Monday, 3-2.
The A’s have won seven of their last eight games and are getting incredible pitching from their staff. The Athletics have allowed three or less runs in eight of their last 10 games, which is why they’re enjoying a sweet winning stretch over the last couple of weeks. One A’s pitcher who has gotten off to a decent start is Dan Straily, who is 1-1 on the season with a 2.77 ERA. Straily has only walked three batters and has 12 strikeouts in 13 innings. Straily is 1-3 with a 5.82 ERA in six career starts against the Angels.
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The Angels have won three of their last five games and are still trying to get everybody on the same page. The Angels have been very inconsistent with their lineup and their pitching staff, which explains their underachieving 6-7 start to the season. One Angel who hasn’t had an issue is Garrett Richards, who is 2-0 on the season with an ERA of 0.75. Richards has 13 strikeouts and has only allowed four hits in 12 innings. Against the Athletics, Richards is 0-2 with an ERA of 5.00 in four career starts.
The Athletics are 4-0 in Straily's last 4 starts with 4 days of rest and 5-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Angels are 10-3 in Richards' last 13 home starts and 5-2 in Richards' last 7 home starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Angels are 0-4 in Richards' last 4 starts vs. Athletics.
While it likely won't last, I can't pick against Richards with the way he's been pitching to begin the season. Richards has simply been unhittable in his first two games, which bodes well against an A's roster that isn't loaded with big bats.
Give me the Angels for the cheap price at home.