The Oakland A's and the Los Angeles Angels wrap up their three-game series on Thursday night in Anaheim. The two teams are far removed from the playoff picture and will begin the long process of reshaping their rosters starting this winter. On the mound in the series finale will be lefty Cole Irvin (9-12, 4.05) of the A's taking on the Angels' ace Shohei Ohtani (14-8, 2.47). First pitch is scheduled for 9:38pm EST.
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Dead LastThe Oakland A's are on course to finish with the second-worst record in baseball and likely 100 losses as the season heads towards the home stretch. The team will need to sort out which veteran players it will hang on to this offseason and which they will hang on to, all while working within the parameters of a tight budget. The cash-strapped A's have lost two straight and have gone 4-6 in their last ten games heading into Wednesday night. On Wednesday against the Angels, the A's fell for the 99th time this season, 4-1.
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The A's will try to stave off a 100-loss season over the final seven games but it seems inevitable that the A's loss total will hit triple digits. The A's have struggled with a subpar pitching staff and a hapless offense for much of the season on their way to the worst record in the American League. On the mound on Thursday night will be lefty Cole Irvin. Irvin has been a bright spot in the A's rotation for much of the season, particularly in the spacious confines of Oakland Coliseum. In his last five starts overall, Irvin is 3-1 but with an unsightly 8.31 ERA. He has thrown 28.2 innings in that time and given up 40 hits. Irvin is 0-3 against the Angels this season.
Another Lost SeasonThe Angels are looking to wrap up yet another inconsistent and hapless season despite having arguably two of the game's best five players on their roster. The Angels continue to miss the mark as they chase a playoff appearance while still having CF Mike Trout in his prime along with two-way star Shohei Ohtani. On Wednesday night against Oakland, Trout hit his 38th home run and Mike Lorenzen pitched five effective innings, striking out eight, in a 4-1 Angels' win.
The Angels will turn to all-everything superstar Ohtani to take the hill on Thursday night. The right-hander recorded his 200th strikeout in his last start and is once again among the team leader in a variety of categories both offensively and on the mound. Ohtani is 4-0 in his last five starts while allowing just 20 hits in 32 innings of work. His K/9 rate in that span sits at 10.13 and he has a 0.93 WHIP in the last five games. Ohtani has made overtures that he might want to move on from the Angels but the team will have to get a haul in return for the superstar.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Ohtani has been nearly unhittable in his last five starts with an ERA just north of 1.00 and four wins. He now faces the A's for the first time and his high K/9 rate should work favorably against the strikeout-prone A's. Oakland is one of the worst hitting teams in baseball and is facing one of the best and hottest pitchers in the game, a horrible combination. For Oakland, they turn to Irvin who has been hit hard as of late and sports an 8.31 ERA in his last five starts. In addition, he is 0-3 against the Angels this season.
Take the Angels with the run line.
Full-Game Total Pick
In Ohtani's last seven starts, the total has gone under this number in each of them. The A's lineup is amongst the worst in the game and the Angels are less potent with Ohtani pitching as he has been less of a threat at the plate when he's on the mound. Irvin is 0-3 against the Angels this season but does sport an ERA of 2.77. This should be a low scoring affair with the Angels doing enough damage to cover the run line and yet stay under the projected total.
Take the under, 7 runs.