Oakland Athletics (80-67) vs. Los Angeles Angels (72-75)
September 18, 2021 9:07 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -111 / Oakland Athletics -120; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels meet Saturday in MLB action at Angels Stadium. The Athletics look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Angels need a win after losing five of their last eight games.
The Oakland Athletics have scored 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Athletics have won five of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Matt Olson leads the Athletics with 140 hits and 101 RBI while Elvis Andrus and Mark Canha have combined for 225 hits and 93 RBI. Daulton Jefferies gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. This will be Jefferies’ second career game against the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Angels have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. David Fletcher leads the Angels with 159 hits and 45 RBI while Jared Walsh and Shohei Ohtani have combined for 254 hits and 179 RBI. Jose Suarez gets the ball, and he is 7-7 with a 3.59 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season. Suarez is 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 2-7 in their last 9 during game 2 of a series. The Angels are 11-5 in their last 16 Saturday games and 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series. The over is 7-2-1 in Athletics last 10 road games. The under is 4-1 in Angels last 5 home games. The Athletics are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Los Angeles.
Suarez is off to a fine start this month, but he’s pitching for an Angels squad that finds ways to lose time and time again. The Oakland Athletics need to keep winning to have a shot at a wild card spot, and Jefferies has allowed just three runs in his last 10 innings. I simply have no confidence in the Angels. Give me the A’s and the cheap price.