Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Free Pick 9/18/13
Los Angeles Angels (73-77) at Oakland Athletics (88-62)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Jason Vargas (L) (8-7) (4.197) vs. AJ Griffin (R) (14-9) (3.809)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -157 / Los Angeles Angels +147 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-West, CSN-California
The Oakland A’s and the Los Angeles Angels face off on Wednesday afternoon in Oakland in Wednesday MLB action.
The Oakland A’s are looking to put away the American League West and after Tuesday’s win over the Angels their lead is at 6.5 games with less than two weeks left to play. Josh Donaldson had three hits, Brandon Moss had two hits, and Daric Barton and Josh Reddick added hits as the A’s scored two runs on nine hits and it was good enough. Starting pitcher Sonny Gray lasted 6.0 innings allowing five hits and a run and striking out five but it was Grant Balfour who got the win. For Wednesday’s game the A’s start A.J. Griffin who is 14-9 with a 3.81 ERA and 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his last three starts.
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The Los Angeles Angels summed up their season in one game last night as they had hits and chances but never were able to take advantage of them as they lost in Oakland. Mike Trout hit his 25th home run, Erick Aybar had two hits, and Josh Hamilton had a hit as the Angels scored just one run on seven hits. Starting pitcher Garret Richards fought the good fight allowing seven hits and a run while striking out six over 7.0 innings but it was Michael Kohn who took the loss. For Wednesday’s game the Angels start Jason Vargas who is 8-7 with a 4.20 ERA for the season and 0-2 with a 9.42 ERA in his last three starts.
Oakland is 7-1 against the A.L. West, 17-5 in their last 22 games overall, and 19-5 in Griffin’s last 24 home start. Los Angeles is 5-1 in their last six games as a road underdog, 15-4 in their last 19 road games, and 2-5 in Vargas’ last seven starts as an underdog.
We didn’t see a lot of scoring on Tuesday and I look for that to carry over to this one and my free pick is on the under. My Stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that winning pick in the Premium Area.