Division Foes out of Contention
The Oakland Athletics try to avoid a third straight loss when they face the host Los Angeles Angels in the first of a three-game series between American League West rivals on Tuesday night. Oakland dropped the final two games of its series with the Chicago White Sox over the weekend and is in last place in the division standings.
Los Angeles has dropped three of its last four contests and is in fourth place in the AL West, five games ahead of the Athletics. These teams are very familiar with each other, though there have been roster changes for both of late. Read our in-depth preview of this contest to help with your betting online.
Athletics Getting Settled After Deadline Deals
In recent years, the trade deadline was a time to try to acquire players for the Oakland Athletics as they tried to build for a title run. This season, it’s been a little different as the team traded Tuesday’s scheduled starter, Frankie Montas, as well as closer Lou Trivino to the New York Yankees on Monday.
In Montas’ place on the mound at the start of this series will be left-hander Cole Irvin. The 28-year-old is 6-7 with a 3.05 ERA in 18 starts, striking out 74 in 109.1 innings. Irvin was very good in July, going 4-1 with a 1.85 ERA in five starts, including three against the division-leading Houston Astros.
Outfielder Ramon Laureano was 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run in Sunday’s loss to the Chicago White Sox. Laureano is batting .226 with 15 doubles, 11 home runs, 23 RBIs and 40 runs scored in 73 games.
First baseman Seth Brown had his home run streak end at two games when he went 0-for-3 on Sunday. Brown had three home runs in the previous two contests, giving him a team-high 15. Brown also leads the Athletics with 44 RBIs, adding 18 doubles, two triples and 34 runs scored.
Angels Seeking Consistency at Plate
The Los Angeles Angels have gone 1-3 over their last four games, scoring nine runs in their only win of that stretch. In the three losses, they scored a total of four runs, which isn’t going to lead to many victories. Part of the problem is clutch hitting, as shown by a second-inning situation in Sunday’s loss to the Texas Rangers in which the team had the bases loaded with no outs and could only score a single run on a sacrifice fly.
“When you load them up and nobody out, you want one especially early in the game, but you’re looking for that big inning,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said after Sunday’s loss. “We had other opportunities and didn’t score.”
Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was 2-for-2 with a triple and two walks in Sunday’s loss. The reigning AL MVP is batting .255 with 16 doubles, three triples, 22 home runs, 62 RBIs and 58 runs scored.
Outfielder Taylor Ward was 1-for-1 in Sunday’s loss, snapping a four-game hitless streak. Ward leads the Angels with a .276 batting average, adding 11 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 35 RBIs and 48 runs scored.
Right-hander Noah Syndergaard will make his 16th start in the series opener. Syndergaard is 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA, striking out 64 in 80 innings. He’s coming off a loss on July 25 in which he allowed just one run on six hits over 5.2 innings against the Kansas City Royals, but got no run support in a 7-0 setback.
Athletics vs Angels Head-To-Head
The Los Angeles Angels have a 5-2 advantage over the Oakland Athletics in the season series heading into Tuesday, though that could change quickly, as they will play six times in the next 10 days. Los Angeles already has more wins against Oakland than it had last season, when the Athletics took 15 of the 19 meetings.
The Angels are also hoping to top their win total at home against the Athletics in each of the last three seasons, when they won just twice at Angel Stadium. The MLB lines for the series opener are favoring Los Angeles to get that elusive third home victory on Tuesday.
Athletics vs Angels Game Information
- Game: Athletics (39-65) vs Angels (43-59)
- Location: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
- Day/Time: Tuesday, 9:38 p.m. ET
- Live stream: MLB.tv
Athletics vs Angels Betting Lines
|Team||Run line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
C. Irvin -L
|+1½ -200||+113||7½ Evo||3½ -115o
|Los Angeles Angels
N. Syndergaard -R
|-1½ +170||-123||7½ -120u||3½ -125o
Athletics vs Angels Prediction
Both teams should be a little more relaxed after the trade deadline has passed by the time this game begins. The Oakland Athletics have been a big seller, and that will show as they fall in the opener against the Los Angeles Angels.