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Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels - 3/31/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Sunday March 31, 2019, 4:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -110 / Oakland Athletics +100 -- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
NSCA, FSW
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The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics meet Sunday in MLB action at the Oakland Coliseum.

The Los Angeles Angels look to split this series before heading to Seattle for a two-game matchup. The Angels offense came up short yet again in game three, and they’ve now been held to a combined two runs in their two losses. Just when it looked like the Angels found something late on Friday, the bats go as quiet as they did opening day. The Los Angeles Angels look to avoid their second 1-3 start in the last four years. Mike Trout leads the Angels with four hits and three RBI while Andrelton Simmons and Kole Calhoun have combined for six hits and four RBI. Tyler Skaggs gets the ball, and he was 8-10 with a 4.02 ERA and 129 strikeouts last season. Skaggs is 2-6 with a 5.19 ERA and 50 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics look to get back to a .500 record before a statement series against the Boston Red Sox. The A’s pitching staff has actually held its own with the return to Oakland, allowing a combined eight runs in their last 27 innings. It turns out a spacious ballpark can really do wonders for pitchers and makes the scoreboard look a lot neater than a smaller park in Japan. The Oakland Athletics have a chance to win their seventh series in their last eight tries. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with seven hits and three RBI while Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty have combined for 11 hits and seven RBI. Frankie Montas gets the ball, and he was 5-4 with a 3.88 ERA and 43 strikeouts last season. Montas is 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA and three strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Angels are 1-7 in their last 8 road games, 6-3 in their last 9 vs. American League West and 1-4 in Skaggs' last 5 starts. The Athletics are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series, 2-4 in their last 6 vs. American League West and 2-4 in their last 6 home games. The Angels are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Oakland and the under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 21-10-1 in Athletics last 32 overall. The over is 5-2-1 in Angels last 8 road games.

This is one of those games where the offense can break out for both teams. Skaggs had some trouble keeping the ball in the park last year and allowed a .262 batting average on the season. Montas allowed a .290 batting average in 65 innings and had issues with control. The over is a strong trend for both of these teams, especially the Oakland Athletics dating back to last season, and they have yet to really have that explosion game. It's coming sooner or later. I like the over in this contest.

Pick:
Over 8.5

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