Athletics vs. Angels - 6/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (29-38) at Oakland Athletics (28-39)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
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The Line: Oakland Athletics / Los Angeles Angels --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday afternoon for game two of their series.
The Los Angeles Angels are desperate for a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Angels have allowed nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Los Angeles Angels have an ERA of 4.47 and have lost 10 of their last 13 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Yunel Escobar leads Los Angeles with 76 hits, Kole Calhoun has 38 RBI and Mike Trout has 13 home runs. Tim Lincecum gets the ball, and he was 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA and 60 strikeouts last season. Lincecum is 5-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 71 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
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The Oakland Athletics also need a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Athletics have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in four of their last five games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.74 and have lost eight of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Billy Burns leads Oakland with 58 hits, Danny Valencia has 26 RBI and Khris Davis has 16 home runs. Zach Neal takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 9.75 ERA and four strikeouts this season. This will be Neal’s first career game against the Angels.
The Angels are 4-10 in their last 14 during game 2 of a series and 7-19 in their last 26 vs. a team with a losing record. The Athletics are 1-5 in their last 6 Saturday games and 0-4 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series. The over is 15-6-2 in the last 23 meetings.
Neither one of these teams can get on track as the losses continue to pile up for both clubs. So, this game is like flipping a coin and just hoping to come out a winner. I rather pick the Angels with Lincecum on the mound. Sure, he hasn't pitched yet this season, but he's better than Neal and does have the Angels the advantage on the hill.