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Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels - 4/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Angels (2-4) at Oakland Athletics (4-3)

MLB Baseball: Monday, April 11, 2016 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

N Tropeano (0-0) (0.00) vs. S Gray (1-0) (1.29)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -166 / Los Angeles Angels +156 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds


On Monday evening in MLB action, we’ve got game one of a West-Coast showdown coming between the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics at the O.co Coliseum.
The Angels are coming off a long weekend series against the Rangers. L.A. won the opener, but dropped Friday’s and Saturday’s game before snagging a 3-1 victory Sunday in the finale and a 2-2 draw in the series.
As for the A’s, they tussled with the Mariners over the weekend, winning games one and two by a combined 9-3 score. On Sunday in the finale, Oakland edged Seattle in a 2-1, 10-inning nail-biter. It was quite the impressive performance overall for the Athletics, pushing them to the top of the division in the early-going.

In Monday’s series opener, the Angels will be wheeling out right-hander Nicholas Tropeano, who will be coming out of Triple-A and taking the place of Andrew Heaney (flexor strain) in the rotation. Tropeano posted a 3.93 ERA in his seven starts last season and nearly made the cuts for the big club in 2016.
Backing up Tropeano at the plate will be a pretty powerful (and expensive) group of Angels hitters. Mike Trout leads the way for L.A., and so far this season he’s produced just four hits. Trout went 0-for-1 on Sunday but did snag a couple of RBI. Also of note here is the aging Albert Pujols, who has come up with just three hits and three RBI this year so far.

Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels - 4/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Over on the A’s side, we’ll be seeing Sonny Gray on the mound during Monday’s game one. Gray is coming off of a Wednesday start where he allowed just one run and three hits in seven innings of work against the White Sox in a victory. Although it took Gray a while to find his spots (walking four batters), he still got the win in a nice performance.
Backing up Gray is an underrated A’s lineup that will certainly outperform expectation. Coco Crisp came up big with the go-ahead homer in Sunday’s game during the ninth inning. Crisp has been a bit slow to start the season, but does boast three runs and two steals. Josh Reddick is another important piece of the A’s puzzle in 2016. Reddick came up empty on Sunday but has contributed a pair of homers with three RBI and three runs so far.

Now let’s check out a few of the notable trends in this matchup. The Angels are just 2-5 in their last seven overall, and 1-5 in their last six Monday games.
As for the Athletics, they’re playing well against the division lately, with a nice 6-1 record against the American League West in their last seven. Oakland is also 6-2 in Gray’s last eight home starts.

I’m drinking the Athletics' proverbial Kool-Aid right now and picking them to keep their roll going in Monday’s game one. I like Gray to come out and pitch well against the overmatched Tropeano. This series will be a great test to see if the A's are for real. 

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