Athletics at Angels - 6/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (29-42) at Los Angeles Angels (31-41)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
K Graveman (2-6) (4.87) vs. T Lincecum (1-0) (1.50)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -143 / Oakland Athletics +133 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels begin a four-game series late Thursday night.
The Oakland Athletics could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Athletics have allowed nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.65 and have lost five straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Danny Valencia leads Oakland with 62 hits, Jed Lowrie has 19 RBI and Khris Davis has 16 home runs. Kendall Graveman gets the ball, and he’s 2-6 with a 4.87 ERA and 51 strikeouts this season. Graveman is 0-1 with a 1.88 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
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The Los Angeles Angels could also use a win after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Angels have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Angels offense has shown signs of life lately, and they’ve won four of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Yunel Escobar leads Los Angeles with 84 hits, Kole Calhoun has 39 RBI and Mike Trout has 14 home runs. Tim Lincecum takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and two strikeouts this season. Lincecum is 6-3 with a 2.60 ERA and 73 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 7-21 in their last 28 Thursday games and 5-16 in Gravemans last 21 starts. The Angels are 0-5 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. American League West. The Athletics are 5-13 in the last 18 meetings in Los Angeles and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.
Lincecum looked solid in his first start this season, and the Angels usually play their best baseball at home. I have little faith in either of these teams given their current form, but you have to side with Los Angeles at home with the better pitcher on the hill.