The red-hot Oakland Athletics will meet with the Los Angeles Angels in an AL West clash Friday evening from Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Athletics will give the starting nod to 30-year old left-hander Brett Anderson, and the Angels will turn to 28-year old right-hander Felix Pena. The Angels lead the season-series 6-4.
Anderson Spins Gem in Best Start of Season
Brett Anderson will take the mound for the 10th time of the season, looking to continue where he left off in his latest start. Anderson silenced the Tigers by tossing seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball in his previous start, however, he finished with the no-decision in a 1-0 Athletics’ victory. The nine-year veteran left-hander has only recorded a Quality Start in three out of his nine starts, and he enters this one with a 4.64 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP accompanied with a 2-3 record in 42.2 innings of work. Anderson owns a solid 3.76 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP to go with a 1-3 record in 52.2 career innings against the Angels.
Matt Chapman is having an effective season against the Angels pitching, hitting .292 with seven RBI’s in seven games. The 25-year old third baseman is posting terrific numbers in his first full MLB season, posting a .270 average with 15 home runs and 38 RBI’s. Chapman has belted two homers with three RBI’s in his last four games. The Athletics rank ninth in the Majors with a 4.72 team ERA. The Oakland pitching staff continues to shine, registering a 3.83 team ERA, placing them 10th in the Major Leagues.
Pena Targets First Win Since June 29th
Felix Pena will make his 11th appearance and ninth start of the season, aiming for his first win since late June. Pena pitched well in his previous start, holding the Indians to only two runs in 5.1 innings, however he was charged with his third straight loss. The young right-hander has pitched well in two out of his last three starts, and he owns a 4.97 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP accompanied with a 1-3 record in 38 innings of work. He allowed one run in one innings in his lone career appearance against the A’s earlier this season. Pena has issued 17 walks on his 38 innings pitched on the season.
Justin Upton has enjoyed hitting against the Athletics this season, recording 11 hits in 37 at bats with two homers and nine RBI’s. The 30-year old left fielder is having a strong season, posting a .255 average with 23 home runs and 65 RBI’s. Upton has snapped out of a mini slump by belting two homers with four RBI’s in his last two games. The Angels are scoring an average of 4.58 runs per game, ranking them 11th overall. The L.A. pitching staff possesses a 3.94 team ERA, pegging them 15th in the big leagues.
The L.A. Angels are:
- 1-5 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record.
- 7-17 in their last 24 games against a left-handed starter.
- 7-19 in their last 26 games following an off day.
The Oakland Athletics are:
- 5-1 in Anderson’s last 6 starts.
- 4-1 in Anderson’s last 5 road starts.
- 20-7 in their last 27 games following a win.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am selecting the Athletics in this matchup. The Angels are struggling against left-handed pitching this season, ranking down at 26th in the Majors with only 112 runs scored against lefties, and they rank 29th with a .224 average against lefties, so I am confident backing Brett Anderson. Furthermore, Pena is struggling on his home field, posting a 6.94 ERA in his 23.1 innings pitched at Angel Stadium this season. The Athletics have also won seven out of their last eight games, and their pitching has been outstanding.
Prediction: Oakland Athletics -115
Full-Game Total Pick
The Angels have heated up at the plate, and the over has been a commend theme between these two AL West foes this season. The Angels have plated a combined 23 runs in their last three games, and they are up against Anderson who owns 4.64 ERA on the season, plus the over is 12-3-2 in Anderson’s last 17 starts against the AL West. Angels’ starter Felix Pena possesses a 4.98 ERA in his MLB career, and the over has converted in 7 of the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
Prediction: Over 8.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
I expect a productive night at the plate from the Athletics. The Athletics have scored a combined 16 runs in their last three games against the Angels. Also, the Oakland offense is much more productive on the road, sporting an .800 OPS on the road compared to a .693 OPS at home.
Prediction: Oakland Team Total: Over
First Five Innings Side Pick
The Athletics are a strong play on the five innings line as well. Felix Pena owns a poor 5.91 ERA with a .297 opponent batting average the first time through his opponents batting order this season. In addition, Brett Anderson features a respectable 3.76 ERA in 52.2 career innings pitched against the Angels.
Prediction: Oakland Athletics -115
First Five Innings Total Bet
I anticipate runs from both sides in the first half of this one. The Angels have scored at least five runs in six out of their last eight games against the Athletics. In addition, I am counting on the Athletics getting to Felix Pena. Opponents are hitting over .300 against Pena through his first 50 pitches of game.
Prediction: Over 4.5
First Five Innings Prop Prediction
I am confident the A’s can strike first in this matchup. Felix Pena has served up nine runs on 14 hits in his 7.1 innings pitched in the first inning this season,.
Prediction: Oakland to Score First