Athletics vs. Angels - 6/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (29-37) at Oakland Athletics (27-39)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 17, 2016 at 9:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)
M Shoemaker (3-7) (4.77) vs. K Graveman (2-6) (5.28)
The Line: Oakland Athletics +100 / Los Angeles Angels -110 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series late Friday night.
The Los Angeles Angels are desperate for a victory after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Angels have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Angels offense has heated up lately, and they’ve won seven of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Yunel Escobar leads Los Angeles with 76 hits, Mike Trout has 44 RBI and Albert Pujols has 12 home runs. Matt Shoemaker gets the nod, and he’s 3-7 with a 4.76 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. Shoemaker is 3-2 with a 3.96 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
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The Oakland Athletics also need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Athletics have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in four straight games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.75 and have lost eight of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Billy Burns leads Oakland with 57 hits, Danny Valencia has 26 RBI and Khris Davis has 15 home runs. Kendall Graveman takes the hill, and he’s 2-6 with a 5.28 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. Graveman is 0-1 with a 2.12 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
The Angels are 13-5 in their last 18 games following an off day and 3-7 in Shoemakers last 10 starts. The Athletics are 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 7-19 in Gravemans last 26 starts. The Angels are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Oakland and 7-1 in the last 8 meetings overall.
Obviously neither team is playing well, but the A's are in far worse shape, especially after nearly being no hit Thursday against a subpar pitcher. In a game that could go either way, I'll side with the Angels, a team with more talent and that had a day off.