Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/30/14
Oakland Athletics (78-54) at Los Angeles Angels (79-53)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 9:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
Jeff Samardzija (R) (6-10) (3.228) vs. Cory Rasmus (R) (3-1) (2.68)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels +110 / Oakland Athletics -120 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-California, FS-West
The Los Angeles Angels hope to stretch their lead in the West with a win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.
The Oakland Athletics have been playing better then .500 over the past few weeks and the way the Angels have been playing that might still fall short. The A's came up short Friday night in a 4-0 defeat that dropped them three games behind the LAA. Jon Lester couldn't get the job done on the mound with three runs plated (two earned) over six innings. The offense never got going with five hits and a trio of BB not getting anything done. The Athletics turn to Jeff Samardzija on the bump to face the Angels on Saturday. Since joining Oakland Samardzija has gone 4-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.02 WHIP covering ten starts.
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The Los Angeles Angels have a great opportunity to knock off Oakland and give themselves a little breathing room in the American League West. The Angels did just that with their second straight win over the Athletics behind great pitching and some clutch hitting. Starter Jered Weaver tossed a three hit shutout through seven frames to up his record to 15-7 while Joe Smith and Huston Street threw scoreless innings. The Angels mustered seven hits with Chris Iannetta launching a three run bomb while Albert Pujols clubbed his 24th. No starter has been named as of yet as Wade LeBlanc filled in for Richards a week ago but probably not this time.
If LeBlanc gets the start I won't back the Angels but we won't know what is happening until Saturday so please check back. Reliever Cory Rasmus gets his first career start and I don't have a clue what we'll see from hi as a starter so use caution.