Angels Looking To Fly High Against Athletics
There will be two MLB betting opportunities in Oakland on Saturday as the Athletics and Los Angeles Angels are set to play a doubleheader. Making MLB picks for a doubleheader can be tricky, and focusing on the first game is the way to go.
Los Angeles comes in with a record of 22-12, and that includes a win in the series opener. The Angels have gone 10-5 away from home this season, and they are winners of four of their last five games.
Oakland got off to a strong start in 2022, but they are now just 14-20 on the year. The Athletics can’t seem to win at home as they are just 4-10 at the Oakland Coliseum to begin the year.
The MLB lines for Game 1 of the doubleheader have the Los Angeles Angels at -120 on the moneyline.
Angels Have Scary Offense
The Los Angeles Angels have outscored the Athletics by 50 runs in 2022, and they have belted 46 home runs. This team has the ability to overwhelm opponents on any given night, especially in the middle of that lineup.
Mike Trout is finally healthy again, and he leads the team with nine home runs and a .323 batting average. Jared Walsh has driven in a team-high 23 runs, and Shohei Ohtani is always capable of having a big game at the plate.
Jhonathan Diaz will be making just his second start in the opener, and he was sharp in the first one. Diaz went five innings without allowing a run, and he will look to shut down a struggling offense.
Athletics Not Doing Much Hitting
The Oakland Athletics were shut out on Friday night by a pitcher making his MLB debut, and that has started to become a bad trend. After that loss, manager Mark Kotsay said, “The kid did a great job attacking us,” but that doesn’t account for other recent struggles.
Oakland is hitting .199 as a team, and they sent a ton of talent away in the offseason. Catcher Sean Murphy leads the team with four home runs and 17 RBIs, but he doesn’t always get help from his teammates.
Paul Blackburn will take the mound, and he is 4-0 with a 1.74 ERA. Blackburn will have to put up a low number to give his struggling offense a chance against a red-hot Angels team.
Los Angeles Angels vs Oakland Athletics Head-to-Head
Friday night was the first of 19 meetings between the AL West rivals, and the Angels finally got a bit of revenge. Oakland dominated in the season series in 2021 as they won 15 of the 19 games between the two teams.
Los Angeles hasn’t won this season series since the 2018 MLB season when they took 10 of the 19 games.
Los Angeles Angels vs Oakland Athletics Game Information
- Game: Los Angeles Angels (22-12) at Oakland Athletics (14-20)
- Location: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
- Day/Time: Saturday, May 14, 4:07 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Los Angeles Angels vs Oakland Athletics Betting Lines
Los Angeles Angels G1 -1½ +140 -118 8 -105o 3½ -135o 3½ +105u
J. Diaz -L
Oakland Athletics G1 +1½ -160 +108 8 -115u 3½ -110o 3½ -120u
P. Blackburn -R
Los Angeles Angels vs Oakland Athletics Prediction
The latest scores and odds would make you lean toward the Angels in this game, but don’t be surprised if it’s close. Oakland does have a solid pitching staff, and they won’t let this game turn into a blowout.
The Los Angeles Angels have been doing nearly everything well this season, and that includes winning on the road. Even though the Athletics will put some pressure on their rivals in this game, the Angels will find a way to pick up another win.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Los Angeles Angels -120 as they win the opener of the doubleheader on Saturday.