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2021 MLB Handicapping
(59-46) Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels (51-52)
Date: Saturday, July 31st, 2021
Time: 4:05 PM ET
Venue: Angels Stadium, Anaheim, California
Projected Pitchers: Cole Irvin (OAK) vs. Jaime Barria (LAA)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Athletics -145 | Angels +135
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Angels -1.5 (+150)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 10
The Oakland Athletics take on the Los Angeles Angels in the opening game of their four-game series on Saturday night from Angel Stadium.
The 2nd place Athletics and 4th place Angels both seem unlikely now to catch the Astros atop the AL West but will continue to battle for a Wild Card spot over the next few weeks. The Athletics currently control the final Wild Card spot, while the Angels are only 5.5 games behind them.
These teams have already met 14 times this season with Oakland winning 10 of those contests.
Frankie Montas struck out 10 over 7 scoreless innings as the Athletics and beat the Angels 4-0 Thursday night.
Oakland had another dominant pitching performance as Chris Bassitt struck out 7 through 7 innings and the Athletics’ beat the Angels 2-0.
Oakland headed into their series finale with the Padres as losers of 4 straight games. They snapped out of that with a commanding 10-4 victory.
That win helped Oakland hang onto the final Wild Card spot, but with this 4-game series pending, it’ll be crucial for the Athletics to keep the wins coming and put the pressure on the teams behind them.
Matt Olson has been the leader of the offense, leading the team in batting average (.285), home runs (27), RBI (67), and hits (100), but has slowed down of late, only hitting .167 over the last week.
Oakland doesn’t have a ton of flash but their offense is more than capable of keeping pace. They rank 16th in runs per game, 23rd in both batting average and hits per game, and 15th in home runs per game.
Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles enters this series with a 51-50 record, which is good for 4th in the AL West division.
The Angels are led by American League MVP favorite Shohei Ohtani. The All-Star became the first player in league history to bat leadoff and start the All-Star game pitching.
Ohtani sits atop the league in several offensive categories. He has 37 HR’s (1st), 81 RBI’s (2nd), and a 1.058 OPS (2nd). Shohei also has a 5-1 record, 3.04 ERA, and 1.13 WHIP on the mound.
As a team, Los Angeles ranked 8th in scoring, averaging 4.9 runs per game, and 4th with a .257 batting average and 123 home runs.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Athletics are 59-46 overall
- Athletics are 29-22 on the road
- Angels are 51-52 overall
- Angels are 29-25 at home
Free Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction:
Oakland took games 1 and 2 of the series thanks to dominating pitching by their starters.
The edge in this game on the mound leans in favor of the Athletics once again as Bassitt has the 2nd most wins in the AL and has been solid on the road.
Take the A’s again.
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