Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/23/14
Los Angeles Angels (76-50) at Oakland Athletics (74-52)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
C.J. Wilson (L) (10-8) (4.588) vs. Jon Lester (L) (13-8) (2.584)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -165 / Los Angeles Angels +145 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-California, FS-West
The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics continue their battle for first in the West Saturday.
The Los Angeles Angels have been one of the hottest teams in the game but they are still neck and neck with Oakland for control of the West. Things got a bit tighter after a 5-3 defeat on Friday night even though it was just the 3rd defeat in eleven contests. Hector Santiago gave up a pair of runs over five frames before Jason Grilli gave up two more with Cam Bedrosian allowing another. Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton paced the offense with solo jacks but the Angels struggled at the plate. Lefty CJ Wilson shoots for win number three in a row when he opposes the Oakland Athletics Saturday. Wilson has been strong the past two times out with three runs scored over 12 innings.
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The slumping Oakland Athletics have not been hitting or scoring while the pitching hasn't been special. However the A's shaved their deficit in the American League West to a single game following a series opening win over the first place LAA. It was only the 3rd win in eleven contests behind strong starting pitching from Sonny Gray. Gray allowed all three runs on six hits through 8.1 innings to improve to 13-7. Coco Crisp and Stephen Vogt blasted solo homers while Crisp scored twice. Left hander Jon Lester looks to keep throwing the ball well when he toes the rubber against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lester is 13-8 on the season with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over 170 innings.
Wilson has fared well in this match up and needs to once again especially with Garrett Richards out. It won't be easy versus Lester in what looks to be a better game to watch then bet...