The Oakland Athletics go for a fourth straight win when they take on the Los Angeles Angels in the third of a four-game weekend series between AL West rivals. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET at Angel Stadium.
The Athletics have won the first two games, shutting out the Angels in each victory. Oakland is 59-46 and in second place in the AL West, trailing the first-place Houston Astros by 5½ games and leading the third-place Seattle Mariners by 2½ games.
Los Angeles has dropped two in a row and three of its last four to fall to 51-52. The Angels are in fourth place in the AL West, sitting 4½ games behind the third-place Mariners and 15 games ahead of the last-place Texas Rangers.
The MLB odds have the Athletics with a moneyline of -140, while the Angels are listed at +125. The over/under has been set at 10 runs.
Doing The Job
The Oakland pitching staff is hitting its stride. The Athletics are tied with the Yankees for the most shutouts this season with 10.
“It’s important these guys can get deep in games and not overwork the bullpen,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said after Friday’s win. “They seem like they have gotten stronger as the season has gone along. It shows you the quality of the guys that we have.”
Looking to keep it going will be left-hander Cole Irvin, who is 7-9 with a 3.62 ERA, striking out 84 and walking 21 over 117 innings.
Irvin has faced the Angels three times, going 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA over a combined 18⅔ innings. He took a loss in his last start against Seattle on Sunday, going four innings and allowing four runs on five hits while striking out three and walking one.
Third baseman Matt Chapman has been struggling a bit lately, but he had a solo home run on Friday night to account for half of the Athletics’ offense. Chapman is batting .219 with 11 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs, 47 RBIs, and 50 runs scored.
First baseman Matt Olson has been the team leader for the Athletics at the plate, pacing the team with a .280 batting average, 24 doubles, 27 home runs, 67 RBIs, and 68 runs scored. Olson is 0-for-6 with two walks and two strikeouts in this.
The Angels have been having their troubles at the plate, allowing Oakland to pitch carefully to designated hitter Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani drew three walks on Thursday night before going 1-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s loss.
Ohtani continues to lead the majors with 37 home runs while ranking third with 81 RBIs. He’s batting .279 and also has 22 doubles, four triples, and 72 runs scored.
Third baseman David Fletcher is 11th with a .305 batting average, but he has struggled to get on base in this series, going 1-for-8 in the first two games. Fletcher has 21 doubles, a triple, two home runs, 38 RBIs, and 57 runs scored.
Right-hander Jaime Barria will get the start for Los Angeles, his second this season. Barria is 1-0 with a 6.23 ERA over three overall appearances in 2021, striking out five and walking seven in 13 innings of work.
Barria picked up his win in his lone start of the season, Sunday against Minnesota. In that contest, he went seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits, including two home runs, while striking out four and walking two.
Athletics Keep Rolling
Irvin is familiar with the Angels after facing them three times already this season, and he should keep the Oakland roll on the mound going. Los Angeles just doesn’t have the depth in its lineup to beat the Athletics right now.
When doing your MLB betting, take Oakland to win on the road.