Their Second Series In A Week
The Oakland Athletics try to avoid a third straight loss Monday, hosting the Los Angeles Angels in a battle of southpaws. It’s the first of a three-game set. Oakland was swept in a brief, two-game home series by the San Francisco Giants. remaining last in the AL West. LA;s lost four of its last six, and is in fourth place in the division. For what it’s worth, the team five games ahead of the A’s. These two teams are quite familiar with each other, having played just last week, so read our in-depth preview before making your bet online.
Angels Losing Games…and Ohtani?
The Los Angeles Angels lost a game Sunday, maybe worse, as Shohei Ohtani had to be examined by trainers when he collided with Seattle Mariners’ pitcher Marco Gonzales while in the on-deck circle. Gonzales was dutifully behind home plate on a play. Ohtani was watching the game when the two came together and Ohtani’s foot was stepped on.
“I felt bad,” Gonzales said after the Mariners’ 6-3 win. “I crushed his foot, luckily didn’t roll my ankle too bad and was able to continue.”
Ohtani was able to remain in the game, the worry of an injury continues. He was just 2-for-16 in the four-game series with Seattle, striking out seven times. He’s batting .253 with 17 doubles, three triples, 24 home runs, 65 RBIs and 60 runs scored.
Outfielder Taylor Ward was 1-for-4 Sunday, extend his modest hit streak to five games. Ward is leading the Angels with a .273 average, 12 doubles, two triples and 14 home runs, with 38 RBI and 50 runs scored.
Jose Suarez is on the mound in the opener for Los Angeles. He’s 3-4 with a 4.55 ERA in 11 starts (13 appearances) this season, striking out 53 in 55⅓ innings. He did earn the win in his last start, going five innings against these same Athletics last Tuesday (one unearned run, five hits, five strikeouts and two walks).
A’s Not Homebodies
The Oakland Athletics are coming off two losses (7-3, 6-4) at home to their Bay Area brethren, the San Francisco Giants, but did take two-of-three from the Angels in a road series just last week. Oakland’s just 17-35 at home this season, but it is hoping to turn things around against an equally-moribund rival.
Cole Irvin tries to get the Athletics off to a good start Monday evening. Irvin is 6-8 with a respectable 3.04 ERA in 19 starts, 78 strikeouts in 115⅓ innings. He lost against the Angels last Tuesday (six innings, three runs [two earned], six hits, four strikeouts and two walks).
First baseman Seth Brown had a home run and drove in two runs in the loss Sunday. Brown is batting .238, 19 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs, 48 RBIs and 36 runs scored.
Catcher Sean Murphy went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Sunday’s game. Murphy is batting .251 with 26 doubles, a triple, 13 home runs, 48 RBIs and 46 runs scored.
Angels vs Athletics Head-To-Head
Despite dropping two of three to the Oakland Athletics last week, the Los Angeles Angels lead the season series, 6-4. LA’s gone 3-1 at Oakland Coliseum this season, which is a big switch from a 2-7 road there in 2021.
Oakland has won the past three season series between these two teams, 15-4 against the Halos last season. The MLB lines for Monday’s opener give a tepid edge to the Athletics to come away with this victory.
Angels vs Athletics Game Information
- Game: Angels (46-63) vs Athletics (41-68)
- Location: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
- Day/Time: Monday Aug. 8th, 9:40 p.m. ET
- Angels vs Athletics Live Stream: MLB.tv
Angels vs Athletics Betting Lines
|Los Angeles Angels
J. Suarez -L
C. Irvin -L
Angels vs Athletics Prediction
LA hasn’t looked good of late, and Oakland has had some recent success against them. While the Athletics have been brutal at home this season, perhaps they find a way in the Monday opener.