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Oakland A’s vs. L.A. Angels Free MLB Moneyline Pick

Time: 10:05 PM EST Thursday August 28, 2014 MLBN

Location: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California

The L.A. Angels host the Oakland A’s in an American League West match up.

In their last games: The A’s beat the Houston Astros 5-4 and the Angels beat the Miami Marlins 6-1.

The A’s rallied for 3 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Astros 5-4.

L.A. starter Hector Santiago struck out 6 in 5 2/3 innings and allowed only three hits and the bullpen was solid in the Angels 6-1 win over the Marlins.

The A’s are 8-4 against the Angels this season.

Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The A’s are 9-4 in Sonny Gray’s last 13 road starts.

The Angels are 7-1 in C.J. Wilson’s last 8 home starts.

The Angels are 4-1 in Wilson’s last 5 starts against the A’s.

In the last 11 games between these 2 teams the Over record is 7-3-1.

Pitching Match Up

Oakland: Sonny Gray (13-7, 3.00 ERA)
Los Angeles: C.J. Wilson (10-8, 4.45 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: Athletics -109 / Angels -101
Run Line: Athletics -1.5 +150
Total Line: Under 7.5 -110

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records

Oakland A’s: 78-54 SU / O/U 65-68 / Run Line W/L 66-66
L.A. Angels: 79-53 SU / O/U 53-64 / Run Line W/L 68-64

Key Betting Trends

• OAK is 2-6 in their last 8 road games.
• OAK is 0-5 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
• OAK has an Over record of 8-2-2 in their last 12 games.
• LA is 41-18 in their last 59 home games.
• LA is 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
• LA has an Under recordof 18-6 in their last 24 home games.

Key Player Injuries

A’S

Kyle Blanks Strained left calf on 60-day DL(6/23)
Sean Doolittle Strained right intercostal muscle on 15-day DL(8/24)
A.J. Griffin Right elbow surgery – out for season on 60-day DL(3/21)
John Jaso Concussion on 7-day DL(8/24)
Jed Lowrie Fractured right index finger on 15-day DL(8/14)
Jarrod Parker Right elbow surgery – out for season on 60-day DL(3/20)
Nick Punto Strained right hamstring on 15-day DL(8/3)

ANGELS

Ryan Brasier Right elbow strain on 60-day DL(3/21)
Sean Burnett Torn left UCL – out for season on 60-day DL(5/28)
Grant Green Lumbar strain on 15-day DL(7/21)
Brian Moran Left elbow surgery – out for season on 60-day DL(3/21)
Garrett Richards Torn left patellar tendon on 60-day DL(8/21)
Tyler Skaggs Left elbow surgery – out for season on 60-day DL(8/1)
Joe Thatcher Sprained left ankle on 15-day DL(8/3)

Moneyline Pick:

The home team has dominated in this series as of late winning 8 of the last 10 but that’s not where my money is going to land today. C.J. Wilson had a real rough patch covering a span of 6 games allowing 29 runs in 23 1/3 although he has looked better in his last 3 registering 2 quality starts. That said his WHIP over his 3 most recent is a worrisome 1.47 with walks being an issues with 10 given up over 18 1/3 innings. Oakland starter Sonny Gray got back on the winning track in his latest after losing 4 straight overall in a 5-3 win over the Angels. He’s made 3 career starts against Los Angeles with Oakland getting the victory in all 3. He’s been a strong pitcher on the road this season with an impressive ERA of 2.71 which Oakland has turned into a 7-4 record in his 11 road starts.

Take the Oakland Athletics -103‏

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