Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics - 8/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (47-59) at Los Angeles Angels (48-58)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
J Hahn (2-4) (5.53) vs. R Nolasco (4-8) (5.13)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -130 / Oakland Athletics +120 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics meet up in the City of Angels as these two clubs battle it out in the basement of the American League West.
The Athletics made some pretty serious moves at the trade deadline and acquired some bright young prospects at the expense of their in-state rivals at Chavez Ravine but they are now without longtime outfielder Josh Reddick and resurgent starter Rich Hill. Oakland seems to make it a habit of stockpiling their farm system and somehow convert a group of misfits into a playoff contender but it has been some time since the A’s were relevant in the American League playoff discussion and may be some time again before they get back. Oakland will look to Jesse Hahn in this one as he will match up against newly acquired Ricky Nolasco who came to the Halos from the Minnesota Twins.
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The Angels have had a disappointing campaign and have spoiled another great year from superstar outfielder Mike Trout but they could be a team primed for a rebound next season if they can address some holes in the offseason and have a few of their own develop quickly. The Halos and A’s are sitting in fourth and fifth in the AL West and are well back of the Rangers, Astros, and Mariners so we can safely assume they won’t be present for October baseball but that doesn’t mean that won’t be playing to the best of their abilities in a series against each other with divisional bragging rights on the line.
The A’s are 1-4 in their last five road games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 in Hahn’s last five against the AL West while the Halos are 9-2 in their last 11 home games, 6-1 in their last seven against a team with a losing record, and 5-12 in their last 17 against the AL West. The Angels have been the better of the two sides recently and while the pitching matchup is a wash I will side with the better lineup and that still has to be LA.