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Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels - 3/28/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Thursday March 28, 2019, 4:07 PM (EDT)
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Angels +104 / Oakland Athletics -114 -- Over/Under: 9
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The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics meet Thursday in MLB action at the Oakland Coliseum.

The Los Angeles Angels have made the playoffs just once since 2010 and hope things start to change now that they locked up Mike Trout, the best player in baseball, for the next 12 years. The Angels added four new starters to their lineup in Justin Bour, Tommy La Stella, Jonathan Lucroy and Peter Bourjos, and maybe that’s good enough to add some protection around the star outfielder. There’s also two new starting pitchers in Trevor Cahill and Matt Harvey, guys who have turned their careers around and could be ready to lead a staff. There’s obvious question marks with these Angels, but they should be pushing for their first winning season since 2015. The Los Angeles Angels have lost each of their last five opening days. Trevor Cahill gets the ball, and he was 7-4 with a 3.76 ERA and 100 strikeouts last season. This will be Cahill’s second career game against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics enter the true opening day with two losses thanks to two games in Japan against the Seattle Mariners. The A’s did well enough offensively to win both games but the pitching staff let them down. The lack of consistent pitching was an issue all last year for Oakland, and it will remain that way even more with Jharel Cotton, Daniel Gossett and Sean Manaea injured. The offense and defense is there, but the A’s need improved arms if they’re going to build on last years success. Offensively, Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with four hits and two RBI while Chad Pinder and Matt Chapman have combined for five hits and three RBI. The Oakland Athletics haven’t started a season 0-3 in over a decade. Mike Fiers gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 15.00 ERA and three strikeouts this season. Fiers is 3-5 with a 5.98 ERA and 51 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Angels are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. American League West, 7-3 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series and 0-5 in their last 5 road games. The Athletics are 32-13 in their last 45 home games, 6-1 in Fiers' last 7 home starts and 8-2 in Fiers' last 10 starts. The Angels are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Oakland and the over is 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Fiers' last 5 home starts. The under is 3-1-1 in Angels last 5 overall.

The Los Angeles Angels have the potential to be a wild card team in the AL, but they have to show me consistency before I make a habit of consistency backing them. The Oakland Athletics are much better than what they showed in Japan, and while the pitching staff crapped the bed, the offense showed up, which is key to their overall success. Returning to their massive home park will make a big difference in their staff giving up less runs. Also, Cahill pitched for the A's last season, so this lineup and coaching staff should know what to expect. I'll take the Oakland Athletics and the cheap price.

Oakland Athletics -114

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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