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Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics - 8/12/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (68-48) at Los Angeles Angels (59-58)
Date & Time Sunday August 12, 2018, 4:07 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -111 / Oakland Athletics +101 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Oakland Athletics (68-48) at Los Angeles Angels (59-58)

We have the rubber match of a three game AL West division set from Angel Stadium on Sunday as the Oakland A’s battle the Los Angeles Angels.

The Oakland A’s will look to win the set after evening the series up at one win apiece following a 7-0 shutout win in game two on Saturday. Marcus Semien led the charge, going 3 for 5 with a pair of home runs, a double and four RBIs. Khris Davis added a home run as well with two RBIs and Matt Chapman chipped in a run as well to round out the scoring for Oakland in the win. Stephen Piscotty went 3 for 5 while Jonathan Lucroy went 2 for 4 and Mark Canha and Jed Lowrie each chipped in a base knock to cap off Oakland’s offense in the win. Edwin Jackson got the victory after throwing 7.1 shutout innings, giving up just three hits while striking out six to improve to 4-2 this season. Trevor Cahill will start game three and is 4-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cahill is 5-3 with a 2.07 ERA and 37 strikeouts against the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels will look to rebound after being shut out in game two on Saturday, snapping their four game winning streak in the process. Justin Upton and Kaleb Cowart each had a double while Shohei Ohtani, Albert Pujols and Jose Miguel Fernandez each had a base hit as the Angels cranked out just five hits as a team in the loss. Tyler Skaggs took the loss, falling to 8-8 this season after allowing all seven runs on ten hits while striking out five over just 3.1 innings of work. Andrew Heaney will start game three and is 7-7 with a 3.96 ERA and 122 strikeouts this season. In his career, Heaney is 2-1 with a 3.67 ERA and 28 strikeouts against Oakland.

Oakland is 7-1 in their last 8 division matchups and 5-0 in Cahill’s last 5 starts while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall. Los Angeles is 6-0 in Heaney’s last 6 home starts and 2-6 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. The over is 24-10-1 in the last 35 meetings between these two teams in Los Angeles.

The even money with L.A. at home is tempting considering all seven of Heaney’s wins this season have come at home where he is 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA as opposed to 0-5 with a 5.30 ERA on the road this season. However, the A’s are simply the better and more consistent team here and to get them with a low line, even on the road, with a pitcher in Cahill that they’ve had success with is a gift I’m not going to pass up on Sunday. Give me Oakland.

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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