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Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics 8/31/14 MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction

Oakland Athletics (78-57) at Los Angeles Angels (82-53)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 3:35 pm (Angel Stadium)

Scott Kazmir (L) (14-6) (3.076) vs. Matt Shoemaker (R) (11-3) (3.187)

The Line: Los Angeles Angels -105 / Oakland Athletics -105 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-West, CSN-California

The Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland A’s face off on Sunday in Anaheim as they close out their series on AL West leaders.

The Los Angeles Angels increased their lead in the AL West on Saturday as the beat the A’s at the Big A. Erick Aybar had two hits and Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick each had hits as the Angels scored two runs on four hits. Starting pitcher Cary Rasmus lasted just three innings as the Angels used eight pitchers in all. For Sunday’s game the Angels start Matt Shoemaker who has won his last four starts. For the season Shoemaker has allowed 99 hits and 41 earned runs while striking out 108 over 110.2 innings for a 13-4 record and a 3.33 ERA.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics 8/31/14 MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction

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The Oakland A’s took the loss on Saturday to fall four games behind the Angels in the AL West. Josh Donaldson had two hits and Sam Fuld had a hit as the Athletics were shutout on three hits. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija allowed four hits and two runs while striking out nine over 8.0 innings to take the loss. For Sunday’s game the A’s start Scott Kazmir who has lost two of his last three starts. For the season Kazmir has allowed 138 hits and 54 earned runs while striking out 132 over 158 innings for a 14-6 record and a 3.08 ERA.

Los Angeles is 22-6 against the AL West, 44-20 on their last 64 games, and 5-1 in Shoemaker’s last six starts. Oakland is 2-9 in their last 11 road games, 4-18 as a road underdog, and 9-4 in Kazmir’s last 13 starts. Oakland is 1-6 in their last seven games in Los Angeles.

Oakland has struggled since making the big trades near the deadline and it would be tough to take them here as well so my play is the Angels. 

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LA Angels -105

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