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Oakland A’s vs. L.A. Angels Baseball Pick and Betting Odds

Oakland A’s vs. L.A. Angels Prediction and Betting Odds. The 6-7 Oakland A’s are set to take on the 5-7 L.A. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California tonight April 20, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 10:05 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: A’s +130 / Angels -150
O/U: 7.5 runs

Pitching Match Up

Oakland: Kendall Graveman (1-1, 7.27 ERA)

Los Angeles: Matt Shoemaker (2-0, 4.38 ERA)

In their last games: The A’s lost to the Kansas City Royals 4-2 and the Angels lost to the Houston Astros 4-3.

The A’s go into L.A. in the first game of a 4-game series. Oakland starter Kendall Graveman gets the start tonight and is 1-1 on the young season and he will be facing L.A. starter Matt Shoemaker, who is 2-0. The Angels open at home at -150 with a total of 7.5 runs. The Angels are won the first game of their last season against the Astros in Houston, but lost the last 2. MVP Mike Trout has gotten off to a good start for the Halos, but overall the offense is struggling ranking 21st in the Majors in runs scored. The A’s have lost 2 of their last 3 games and in looking at the stats it is hard to believe they are 1-game under .500, as they rank 2nd in the Majors in both runs scored and team ERA.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Angels are 7-3 in Shoemaker’s last 10 home starts.

The Angels are 7-1 in their last 7 games against the A’s.

The Angels are 4-0 in their last 4 home games against the A’s.

This season the Angels are 0-3 at home and the A’s are 3-3 on the road.

STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Oakland A’s: 6-7 SU / O/U 8-5 / Run Line W/L 7-6
L.A. Angels: 5-7 SU / O/U 5-5-2 / Run Line W/L 5-7

Oakland at L.A. Key Betting Trends

• OAK is 7-21 in their last 28 games as a road underdog.
• OAK is 7-2 in their last 9 games following a loss.
• OAK has an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
• LA is 0-6 in their last 6 home games.
• LA is 3-8 in their last 11 games as a favorite.
• LA has an Under record of 29-14 in their last 43 home games.

Key Player Injuries

A’S

04/19/15 Jesse Hahn SP Finger Questionable for April 23 start at L.A. Angels
04/19/15 Ben Zobrist LF Knee Questionable for April 20 at L.A. Angels
04/12/15 Jarrod Parker SP Elbow 15-day DL. Out until at least late May
04/10/15 Sean Doolittle RP Shoulder 15-day DL. Out until at least early May
04/07/15 Coco Crisp CF Elbow 15-day DL. Out until at least mid-May
04/07/15 Nate Freiman 1B Back 15-day DL. Out until at least mid-April
04/07/15 A.J. Griffin SP Elbow 60-day DL. Out until at least early June
04/07/15 Sean Nolin SP Hernia 15-day DL. Out until at least late April
04/07/15 Taylor Thompson RP Shoulder 60-day DL. Out until at least early June

ANGELS

04/16/15 Tyler Skaggs SP Elbow 60-day DL. Likely out for season
04/07/15 Josh Hamilton LF Shoulder 15-day DL. Out until at least late April
04/07/15 Cory Rasmus RP Abdominal 15-day DL. Out until at least mid-May

Free MLB Pick

Not only is the Angels offense struggling, but their defense has been less than stellar as of late. They have committed 4 errors in the last 3 games including 2 in their last one. However, they are the home favorite tonight facing an Oakland team that they took 7 of their last 8 games facing last season. Matt Shoemaker is 2-0 on the young season, but has to thank his offense for the help they have given, as he has given up 6 runs in 12 innings on the season. The Angels have won 10 straight games when he has gotten the start and in his only start against the A’s last season he threw 7 shutout innings in a L.A. win.

Kendall Graveman was tagged up big time in his first start of the season, but got his first career win in his last start not giving up any runs in 5 innings of work. Graveman did have a solid last outing and Shoemaker has not looking like the dominant pitcher he was in the 2nd half of last season, but still have to go with the Angels at home in this one.

Take the ANGELS

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