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Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels - 3/31/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Angels (1-1) at Oakland Athletics (1-1)
Date & Time Saturday March 31, 2018, 4:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Oakland Athletics +113 / Los Angeles Angels -123 --- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
NSCA, FSW
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MLB | Los Angeles Angels (1-1) at Oakland Athletics (1-1)
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The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at the Oakland Coliseum.

The Los Angeles Angels improved to 1-1 on the season after holding an explosive A’s lineup to just one run on Friday night. It was an impressive bounce back performance for an Angels squad that felt it should have won opening day after losing a heartbreaker in the 11th inning. Offensively, Zack Cozart leads the Angels with three hits and one RBI while Kole Calhoun and Martin Maldonado have combined for six hits and two RBI. The Los Angeles Angels already have six players with at least two hits on the season which is a positive sign moving forward for this playoff hopeful club. Matt Shoemaker gets the ball, and he was 6-3 with a 4.52 ERA and 69 strikeouts last season. Shoemaker is 5-2 with a 3.50 ERA and 51 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics had a chance to pull off late inning magic yet again but came up just short with the tying run 90 feet away. In Friday’s loss, the A’s left eight guys on base and struck out eight times. The Athletics have the talent to be more effective on the offensive end, and it’s only a matter of time before that shows. Marcus Semien leads Oakland with four hits and one RBI while Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson have combined for five hits and one RBI. The Oakland Athletics are a young, talented team and learning how to win these tight games early will only help them later on in the season. Daniel Mengden gets the ball, and he was 3-2 with a 3.14 ERA and 29 strikeouts last season. This will be Mengden’s second career game against the Angels.

The Angels are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 4-11 in their last 15 overall and 6-1 in Shoemakers last 7 starts. The Athletics are 10-2 in their last 12 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 5-1 in Mengdens last 6 starts. The Angels are 6-1 in Shoemakers last 7 starts vs. Athletics and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

I said it opening day, I'm high on the Oakland Athletics, as this is an explosive young team that can score a lot of runs and will be dangerous if the pitching staff can keep things together. You're going to make money backing the A's as an underdog this season. The Los Angeles Angels could have easily lost both games in this series, and it's only a matter of time before Oakland's offense wakes up. The A's have a .339 batting average against Shoemaker in 59 at bats. Give me the plus money and the home team.

Pick:
Oakland Athletics +113

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