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Athletics vs. Angels - 8/31/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Angels (65-65) at Oakland Athletics (56-74)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 31, 2015 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

H Santiago (7-8) (3.13) vs. C Bassitt (1-6) (2.82)

The Line: Oakland Athletics +115 / Los Angeles Angels -125 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSW/CSCA

The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series Monday night.

The Los Angeles Angels need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Angels have scored six runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five straight. The Angels have lost seven of their last 10 when scoring three or less runs. Mike Trout leads LA with 138 hits and 74 RBI while Kole Calhoun and Erick Aybar have combined for 103 RBI. The Los Angeles Angels have lost seven of their last 10 road games. Hector Santiago gets the nod, and he’s 7-8 with a 3.13 ERA and 138 strikeouts this season. Santiago is 3-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Angels - 8/31/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Athletics have won five of their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Billy Burns leads Oakland with 127 hits and 31 RBI while Brett Lawrie and Marcus Semien have combined for 86 RBI. The Oakland Athletics have won six of their last eight home games. Felix Doubront takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 3.70 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. Doubront is 1-1 with a 3.29 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Angels are 6-1 in their last 7 Monday games and 0-4 in Santiagos last 4 starts. The Athletics are 5-2 in their last 7 Monday games and 3-11 in their last 14 during game 1 of a series. The Angels are 4-1 in Santiagos last 5 starts vs. Athletics.

The Angels better get going if they're going to get in the playoff hunt, and it might as well start against an A's club that's been all over the place. Santiago has been good against Oakland in his career, and I expect that to continue here. 

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Los Angeles Angels -125

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