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Angels at Athletics - 4/30/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Angels (9-11) at Oakland Athletics (9-12)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 3:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)

G Richards (1-1) (3.75) vs. Jesse Chavez

The Line: Oakland Athletics -101 / Los Angeles Angels -109 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-W, CSN-CA

The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics play a rubber game Thursday afternoon.

The Los Angeles Angels look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Angels have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Angels have won 10 straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Mike Trout leads Los Angeles with 23 hits and 14 RBI while Kole Calhoun and David Freese have combined for 25 RBI. The Los Angeles Angels have split their last eight road games. Garrett Richards gets the ball, and he’s 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. Richards is 1-3 with a 5.62 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Angels at Athletics - 4/30/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Athletics have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Athletics have lost 11 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Billy Butler and Marcus Semien have combined for 50 hits and 24 RBI while Stephen Vogt leads Oakland with 15 RBI. The Oakland Athletics have lost five of their last six games on their home field. Jesse Chavez takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 0.71 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Chavez is 1-4 with a 3.57 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Angels are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 20-8 in Richards' last 28 starts. The Athletics are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 4-0 in Chavezs last 4 home starts. The Angels are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Oakland and 9-4 in the last 13 meetings overall. 

The A's kind of have to win this game before this season really starts to get away from them. Chavez has been solid in a limited role this season and could be just the spark the home team is looking for. I like the A's to get a W here. 

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Oakland Athletics -101

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