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Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics - 8/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (48-62) at Los Angeles Angels (55-55)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 9:07 pm (Angel Stadium)

Paul Blackburn (2-1) (3.05) vs. T Skaggs (1-1) (3.99)

The Line: Los Angeles Angels -148 / Oakland Athletics +138 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSW, NSCA

The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels meet Saturday in MLB action at Angel Stadium. 

The Oakland Athletics could use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Athletics have allowed 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Oakland Athletics have lost 10 of their last 13 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jed Lowrie leads Oakland with 106 hits and 36 RBI while Ryon Healy and Khris Davis have combined for 196 hits and 135 RBI. Paul Blackburn gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. This will be Blackburn’s first career game against the Angels. 

Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics - 8/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Angels look for another victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Angels scored eight runs in Friday’s victory and five or more runs in seven straight games. The Los Angeles Angels have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 123 hits and 49 RBI while Yunel Escobar and Albert Pujols have combined for 188 hits and 98 RBI. Tyler Skaggs gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.99 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. Skaggs is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 6-2 in their last 8 Saturday games, 16-35 in their last 51 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series. The Angels are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games and 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The Athletics are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles and the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

The A's continue to pile up the losses on the road and are now watching their pitching staff get blasted on a nightly basis. The Angels have found a groove a bit at home and out of nowhere are in the thick of the AL wild card race. Based on the way Oakland performs on the road, you have to like the Angels to get the job done here and win another contest.

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