Oakland Athletics (96-64) at Los Angeles Angels (79-81)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 29, 2018, 9:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Angels / Oakland Athletics --- Over/Under:
The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels meet Saturday in MLB action at Angel Stadium.
The Oakland Athletics look for a victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Athletics have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Oakland Athletics have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than one run. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 161 hits and 70 RBI while Jed Lowrie and Matt Chapman have combined for 310 hits and 165 RBI. Trevor Cahill gets the ball, and he is 6-4 with a 3.91 ERA and 98 strikeouts this season. Cahill is 5-3 with a 2.44 ERA and 40 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Angels have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Angels have won six of their last nine games when scoring at least three runs. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 161 hits and 75 RBI while Mike Trout and Justin Upton have combined for 285 hits and 164 RBI. Tyler Skaggs gets the ball, and he is 8-9 with a 3.91 ERA and 126 strikeouts this season. Skaggs is 2-5 with a 4.98 ERA and 47 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 12-3 in their last 15 Saturday games, 22-6 in their last 28 during game 2 of a series and 9-3 in Cahills last 12 starts. The Angels are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games and 4-1 in Skaggs' last 5 starts with 5 days of rest. The Athletics are 6-16 in the last 22 meetings in Los Angeles, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and 7-3 in Cahills last 10 starts vs. Angels.
Cahill has been a little shaky as of late, allowing three or more runs in each of his last five games, and he has an ERA over seven with an allowed battign average of .301 on the road this season. The Oakland Athletics also have nothing to play for with their playoff matchup set, so they're likely going to rest some key guys to make sure everybody is ready for Wednesday. Skaggs has had his hiccups as well, but the Los Angeles Angels offense has really picked up the last couple of weeks, so he should be picked up if his issues continue. I've been blindly backing the A's for months now, but this feels like a spot where I should fade.