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Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics - 8/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (48-60) at Los Angeles Angels (53-55)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 4, 2017 at 10:07 pm (Angel Stadium)

Jharel Cotton (5-8) (5.49) vs. Troy Scribner (1-0) (4.50)

The Line: Los Angeles Angels -130 / Oakland Athletics +120 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSW, NSCA

Out at Angel Stadium on Friday, the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels will be kicking off their weekend MLB series. 

The A’s are coming off a set against the Giants this week. Oakland won on Monday and Wednesday, then in Thursday’s game, the A’s lost big 11-2. 

Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics - 8/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Friday game, the A’s will be rolling with RHP Jharel Cotton. In his 80.1 innings and 5-8 record this year, Cotton has a 5.49 ERA and 72 Ks. 

Oakland has some key bats this season. Jed Lowrie came into Thursday with 104 hits, 57 runs, 10 homers and 36 RBI, while Ryon Healy had 101 hits, 42 runs, 20 homers and 62 RBI. On Thursday, Lowrie put up a hit and a run; Healy whiffed 0-for-4. 

As for the Angels, they just finished up against the Phillies. LA won on Tuesday and Wednesday 7-1 and 7-0, then on Thursday the Angels eked out a 5-4 win. 

The Angels will be going with RHP Troy Scribner on Friday. In his 4.0 innings and 1-0 record this year, Scribner has a 4.50 ERA and two Ks. 

The Angels have some big hitters as well. Andrelton Simmons came into Thursday with 121 hits, 51 runs, 11 homers and 49 RBI, while Yunel Escobar had 93 hits, 41 runs and 29 RBI. Escobar is nursing a back injury right now; Simmons posted a hit and a run on Thursday. 

The A’s are 21-43 in their last 64 Friday games, and 17-38 in their last 55 during game one of a series. The A’s are also 22-50 in their last 72 games versus the AL West, and Oakland is 5-1 in their last six overall. 

Meanwhile, the Angels are 17-36 in their last 53 Friday games and 2-7 in their last nine during game one of a series. LA is also 5-0 in their last five home games, and 5-1 in their last six overall. 

Cotton was pretty sketchy in his first start off the DL, giving up five earned over 3.2 innings on Sunday. As for Scribner, this will be his first Major League start—he’s replacing Jesse Chavez in the rotation. I doubt the Angels will leave Scribner in for long, but the offense should be able to give him enough help. I’ll take LA for the win here.

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