Oakland Athletics (80-67) vs. Los Angeles Angels (72-75)
September 19, 2021 4:07 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Angels +145 / Oakland Athletics -200; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Oakland A’s and the Los Angeles Angels meet Sunday in MLB action from Angel Stadium. This will be the final installment in a three-game weekend series. In the Friday opener, Oakland eked out a one-run win. On Saturday in game two, the A’s kept it going with a two-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Oakland put up two runs in the sixth inning Friday and held on for a tight 5-4 victory. In the Saturday game two, the A’s posted three runs in the first inning on the way to a 3-1 win. Starter James Kaprielian put up 6.0 clean innings with two hits and five Ks.
For the starter job in the Sunday game, the A’s will send out Frankie Montas. In his 167.0 innings this year Montas has 157 hits with 75 runs (69 earned), 19 homers allowed, 49 walks, 185 Ks and a 3.72 ERA.
Over on the Angels’ side, they posted 10 team hits total and scored all four of their runs in the second inning Friday. In the Saturday matchup, LA showed some late bases-loaded life but couldn’t overcome the gap. Starter Jose Suarez lasted 5.2 innings with three earned on six hits and two walks.
Starting pitcher for the Angels on Sunday will be Jaime Barria. Over his 11 games (nine starts) this year Barria has a 2-3 record with a 4.93 ERA and 30 Ks in 49.1 innings.
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The A’s are 15-7 in their last 22 versus a team with a losing record and 4-10 in their last 14 versus a right-handed starter. Oakland is 1-4 in their last five Sunday games as well.
Meanwhile, the Angels are 1-5 in their last six Sunday games and 1-5 in their last six in game three of a series. The under is 15-5-1 in the Angels’ last 21 versus the AL West as well.
PICK: I’m going to try the A’s. Barria has been decent overall in his last four starts, with a total of seven earned across 18.2 innings. The bad news is that Barria has made it past 4.1 innings just once during that span. As for Montas, he gave up four earned in 3.1 innings to the Royals his last time up, but had a good run going prior to that. I like both starters to pitch well here in an eventual A’s win.