The Oakland Athletics look to extend their three-game winning streak when they take on the Los Angeles Angels in the second of a three-game series between AL West rivals. The first pitch of this contest is scheduled for 9:07 pm ET at Angel Stadium.
Oakland took the series opener on Friday night, improving to 80-67. The Athletics are in second place in the AL West, seven games behind the first-place Houston Astros and a game ahead of the third-place Seattle Mariners. Oakland is 2½ games behind the New York Yankees for the second Wild-ard spot in the American League.
The Angels had a two-game winning streak snapped, dropping them to 72-75. Los Angeles is in fourth place in the AL West standings, seven games behind the third-place Mariners.
MLB lines have the Athletics with a moneyline of -127, while the Angels are listed at +117, with the over/under set at nine runs.
The Athletics dug themselves a bit of a hole by going 3-7 in the 10 games prior to their current win streak. Oakland knows it has to be almost perfect the rest of the way to catch up to a playoff spot, but it’s ready for the challenge.
“You have to win,” Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman said after Friday’s win. “We can’t really dissect it too much. It’s too late in the season for that. The pressure is on now. We’ve got to win every game from here on out, or at least that’s the attitude.”
The Athletics took advantage of every opportunity in the series opener, including scoring the go-ahead run on a passed ball on a walk to Chapman in the sixth. Mark Canha raced home on the Angels’ ninth walk of the game.
Right-hander Daulton Jefferies will get the start for the Athletics. Jefferies is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in one start and five appearances this season.
The 26-year-old’s only start this season was against the Angels on Aug. 1. He got his first career MLB win in that contest, going five innings and allowing three runs on three hits, including a home run.
On A Roll
The Angels will have left-hander Jose Suarez on the mound. The 23-year-old is 7-7 with a 3.59 ERA, including a 2-0 record and 1.23 ERA in two starts in September.
Suarez had a complete-game win to start the month against Texas, allowing one run and five hits while striking out eight. His last start wasn’t as good but still a win, as he went 5 2/3 innings against Houston on Sept. 11, allowing one run on three hits.
Catcher Kurt Suzuki had a home run in Friday’s loss, his first of the month. It was one of just two extra-base hits in the contest for the Angels.
Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was 1-for-4 in the series opener, and the favorite for AL MVP honors is batting just .196 in September. Ohtani has just two home runs and four RBIs in 13 games this month.
Athletics Get Win
Oakland is playing for its postseason life right now, and it needs to pick up all the wins it can against teams like the Angels, who are just playing out the string. The Athletics should have enough to make it four straight wins on Saturday night.
When making your MLB picks, take Oakland to win on the road.