Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#977 Los Angeles Angels vs.
#978 Oakland Athletics
Monday, October 3, 2022 at 9:40pm EDT
Written by Dave Kovaleski

The LA Angels continue their push toward respectability as they face the Oakland A's Monday night in the first game of the season-ending three-game series. The Angels have been surging at the end of the season while the A's, who have the worst record in the American League, have been fading down the stretch. Game time is 9:40 p.m. ET at Oakland-Alameda County Stadium.

Angels are surging

The LA Angels are finishing strong, hoping to gain some momentum heading into next season. They have ended the season winning their last three series, including a sweep of the As just last week. They are coming off a string series against the Rangers, as they solidified third place in the AL West. The Angels' two sluggers, Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani have carried them all season. Trout is hitting .277 with 38 home runs and 78 RBI while Ohtani is hitting .276 with 34 home runs and 94 RBI.

On Monday, Patrick Sandoval gets the start. The right-hander is 6-7 on the season with a solid 3.03 ERA in 26 starts. He has 145 strikeouts and 59 walks in 142.2 innings pitched. He got a no-decision in his last outing, a 4-3 win over these A's. He gave up 3 runs on 6 hits in 5.1 innings with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks. The Angels have a team ERA of 3.79, which is 10th in baseball. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.94, which ranks 27th in baseball.

As in race for worst record

The Oakland A's are just going through the motions at this point. They have the worst record in the American League with 102 losses and the only mystery left is if they will finish with the worst record in baseball. They are in a race to the bottom with the Washington Nationals of the National League, who had a one-loss lead for the worst record as of Sunday. Other than that, there's not a whole lot to say about the A's.

They have been dreadful all season but they have been particularly awful as of late, losing 8 of their last 9 not counting Sunday afternoon's game versus the Mariners. Adrian Martinez gets the start for the As on Monday. Martinez is 4-6 on the season with a gaudy 6.08 ERA in 11 starts. But he did pitch okay versus the Angels in his last start, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits in 4.1 innings in that game, taking the loss in the 4-1 Angels win. The As have the 24th worst bullpen, with an ERA of 4.35. They rank 25th with a team ERA of 4.59.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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The Angels have dominated the A's this season, winning 12 of 16 games and 6 in a row. I see no reason for this trend to change in this game. One of the bright spots for the Angels this season has been their pitching. They improved dramatically and are 10th in team ERA. They have the makings of a nice rotation next year with Ohtani, Reid Detmers, Jose Suarez, Michael Lorenzen, and Sandoval. This is a team I predict will be in the wildcard hunt next season. As for this season, they have a chance to finish with a respectable record. Take the Angels in this one.

Prediction: LA Angels -167

Full-Game Total Pick

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Martinez pitched okay against the Angels last week, but he got the hook early before the Angels could do too much damage. But the bullpen managed to hold down the Angels in that one. The thing is, the Angels have really been winning with pitching, which is really kind of amazing, considering how bad their pitching has been in years past. I think the pitching wins this one again for the Angels, as the A's seemed to have just checked out. The Angels won't need many runs to win this one, so this one should fall below the total. Take the under.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Dave Kovaleski , "Dave Kovaleski"

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