Angels on Three-Game Skid
The Los Angeles Angels try to snap a three-game losing streak when they begin a three-game weekend series against the division rival Oakland Athletics on Friday night. Los Angeles was swept on the road by the Texas Rangers, dropping it into second place in the American League West standings. Oakland has dropped four of five and is in last place in the division heading into Friday’s action.
Athletics Try to Continue Road Success
Unlike most teams, the Oakland Athletics seem to be more comfortable playing on the road than they do at home. At Oakland Coliseum, the Athletics have gone 6-14 while they are 10-10 away from home.
Trying to help the team move above .500 as the visitor will be right-hander Paul Blackburn, who will be making his eighth start on Friday. Blackburn is 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA, striking out 29 in 37⅔ innings. The 28-year-old was on the mound last against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, going 6⅔ innings and allowing one run on five hits while striking out three and walking two in a 4-3 Oakland victory.
Blackburn could use some run support, but Oakland has the majors’ worst team batting average at .205 and is 27th in baseball in runs scored with 132. The Athletics also have 342 strikeouts, which is the sixth most in the majors.
Catcher Sean Murphy leads Oakland with four home runs and 20 RBIs, but he also has a team-high 39 strikeouts. Right behind him is third baseman Sheldon Neuse with 38, though he also has three doubles, two triples, two home runs, 14 RBIs and 14 runs scored.
Angels Need Better Pitching
The Los Angeles Angels are coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Texas Rangers, who averaged 7.6 runs in knocking them around a bit. The Angels were really hurt by their starters, who had some rough outings, though the entire staff struggled at times during the series.
“We will get our bullpen right; I have a lot of faith in these guys. It’s been a very difficult moment,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said after Wednesday’s loss. “We could have also scored more runs, so it’s not always about the pitching. (The Rangers) played us well, they beat us fair and square, so give them credit.”
Taking the ball for the start of this series will be rookie right-hander Chase Silseth, who dazzled in his MLB debut on May 13. Facing the Oakland Athletics on the road, Silseth threw six shutout innings, allowing just one hit while striking out four and walking two.
Outfielder Mike Trout will be looking to achieve a milestone in Friday’s contest as he comes into the game sitting on 999 career runs scored. Trout had his team-best 11th home run in Wednesday’s loss and scored for the 32nd time, which ties him for the American League lead. Trout is batting .320 with 10 doubles, a triple and 23 RBIs.
Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani has also been hitting the ball well, driving in a team-best 27 runs. Ohtani is batting .253 with eight doubles, eight home runs and 27 runs scored.
Athletics vs Angels Head-to-Head
The Los Angeles Angels took three of four from the Oakland Athletics when these two teams met last weekend in Oakland. That’s a major turnaround from the 2021 season, when the Athletics won 15 of the 19 matchups.
Even playing at home, the Angels struggled against Oakland, dropping eight of 10 to the visiting Athletics last season. Looking at the MLB lines for Friday’s game, the Angels are favored to continue their success against Oakland last weekend.
Athletics vs Angels Game Information
- Game: Athletics (16-24) vs Angels (24-16)
- Location: Angel Stadium, Los Angeles
- Day/Time: Friday, 9:38 p.m. ET
- Athletics vs Angels Live Stream: MLB.tv
Athletics vs Angels Betting Lines
|Team||Run Line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
P. Blackburn -R
|+1½ -130||+160||7½ -110o||3½ Evo / 3½ -130u|
|Los Angeles Angels
C. Silseth -R
|-1½ +110||-180||7½ -110u||4½ -105o / 4½ -125u|
Athletics vs Angels Prediction
The Los Angeles Angels have been one of the better teams in the American League for much of this season, and they’re ready to get back to that type of play in this series. The Oakland Athletics don’t have a lot of offense, which is going to cost them in this game.
When making your MLB picks, take Los Angeles to get the win at home.
Pick: Los Angeles Angels -180