Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/22/14
Los Angeles Angels (96-60) at Oakland Athletics (85-70)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
C.J. Wilson (L) (13-9) (4.420) vs. Jeff Samardzija (R) (6-12) (2.976)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -155 / Los Angeles Angels +145 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-W, CSN-CA
The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series Monday at the O.co Coliseum.
The Los Angeles Angels have lost five of their last eight games and seem to be resting and taking it easy heading into the playoffs. The Angels have been struggling to score during this stretch, producing three or less runs in five of their last eight games, and they’ve lost seven straight when scoring three or less runs. Mike Trout has hit in seven of his last nine games and Albert Pujols has nine RBIs in his last nine games. The Los Angeles Angels have an ERA of 3.60, which is 14th in the majors. Starting is C.J. Wilson, who is 13-9 with a 4.42 ERA and has 149 strikeouts in 169 innings. Wilson is 11-7 with a 3.30 ERA in 48 career games against the Athletics.
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The Oakland Athletics have split their last eight games as they continue their major second half struggles. The Athletics have had serious issues putting runs on the board, as they’ve scored three or less runs in nine of their last 11 games. Overall, the Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 3.25, which is fourth in the majors, and they’ve lost seven of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Offensively, Josh Donaldson has homered twice in his last eight games and Brandon Moss has hit in five of his last nine games. Jeff Samardzija takes the hill, and he’s 6-12 with a 2.98 ERA and has 190 strikeouts in 205.2 innings. Samardzija is 0-2 with a 7.11 ERA in two career starts against the Angels.
The Angels are 2-9 in Wilsons last 11 road starts and 4-1 in Wilsons last 5 starts overall. The Athletics are 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 0-4 in Samardzijas last 4 starts overall. The Angels are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Oakland.
Oakland needs this win in hopes of locking up a wild card spot. The Angels seem to be on cruise control heading into the postseason. I don't love the juice but the A's should win here.