The Oakland Athletics will wrap up their three-game streak in the “Big A” as they take on the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday afternoon in Anaheim. It’s time to continue our MLB odds coverage with an Athletics-Angels prediction and pick.
The Athletics defeated the Angels 3-1 on Wednesday. It was a big day at Angels Stadium as Shohei Ohtani was on the mound for the Angels. It was scoreless in the fourth when Sean Murphy hit an RBI single off Ohtani to give the A’s a 1-0 lead. Luis Rengifo then answered back in the fifth with an RBI double, tying the game. Murphy came to the plate in the sixth and faced Ohtani with a runner on. Murphy then drove Shohei deep into left field, drilling a two-run bomb to give the A’s the lead. That would be enough to win.
James Kaprielian got the win for Oakland, throwing 5 1/3 innings while allowing one earned run on six hits. Ohtani, meanwhile, took the loss, going 5 2/3 innings and being beaten only by Murphy.
Today, Paul Blackburn takes the mound for the A’s. Blackburn is 6-6 with a 4.15 ERA. However, he had a bad July, going 0-3 with a 7.36 ERA over five starts. The one bright spot was his last start, where he threw five scoreless innings while allowing five hits. Blackburn is 0-0 with a 2.38 ERA in two starts against the Angels in 2022. Additionally, he is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in two career starts at Angels Stadium.
Janson Junk will take the mound for the Angels. Junk is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Recently, he threw five scoreless innings while allowing four hits with eight strikeouts. Junk never faced Athletics.
Here are the Athletics-Angels MLB odds, courtesy of FanDuel.
MLB Odds: Athletics-Angels Odds
Oakland Athletics: -1.5 (+172)
Los Angeles Angels: +1.5 (-210
Over: 8.5 (-105)
Under: 8.5 (-115)
Why athletics could cover the spread
The Athletics are one of the worst teams in baseball. I can’t hit and I can’t throw. However, they match up well against the Angels. Their battles are always close.
The Athletics rank 30th in batting average, 30th in on-base percentage, 29th in runs, 25th in home runs and 29th in slugging percentage. Murphy and Tony Kemp are the two guys they rely on for any juice. Murphy is now batting .245 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI. He’s also hitting .250 (8-for-32) with one home run, five RBIs and a run over nine games against the Angels in 2022. Murphy is hitting .245 with five home runs, 17 RBIs and 10 runs in 32 games . against the Angels in his career. Alternatively, he enjoys playing at Angels Stadium, batting .315 (17-for-54) with one home run, six RBIs and three runs scored in 15 games.
Kemp is batting just .214 with four home runs, 21 RBI and 32 runs. However, he is hitting .125 (3-for-24) with a run in eight games against the Angels in 2022. Kemp has a career .212 mark with two home runs, eight RBIs and 18 runs in 62 games against Halos.
The A’s will cover the spread if Blackburn can give them quality play. Additionally, Oakland needs offense, and it usually comes from Murphy or Kemp when facing the Angels.
Why Angels Could Cover the Spread
The Angels lost their season a long time ago, but it finally became official this week. They traded Noah Syndergaard, Raisel Iglesias and Brandon Marsh. Now, the future is now. It’s been an abysmal season for the Angels, and their offense is the biggest culprit.
The Angels rank 26th in batting average, 26th in on-base percentage, 26th in runs, 14th in home runs and 23rd in slugging percentage. Ohtani can only do so much and even he is struggling. He is hitting .253 with 22 home runs, 62 RBIs and 58 runs, well below the pace he set last season. Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon are injured again, leaving the remnants of the team to pick up the slack. Jo Adell was once their top prospect and can’t seem to get a hit anymore. David Fletcher also continues to struggle on his return from injury. He went 0 for 3 on Wednesday. Rengifo was the lone bright spot, batting .278 with four home runs and 23 RBI. Likewise, he went 2-for-4.
The Angels will only cover the spread if Junk pitches well and the bats actually give them some runs. Likewise, the carcan must withstand. The Angels need to play cohesively to win any game.
Final prediction and pick Athletics-Angels
Neither team is good and it looks like a fight to the finish. Also, both matches ended 3-1. What can I say this one won’t do? Expect another low-scoring game with the Athletics and Angels struggling to score.
Final Prediction and Pick Athletics-Angels: Under: 8.5 (-115)