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LA Angels vs. Oakland, 09/04/2012 22:05
Money Line: -120 LA Angels
MLB Free Pick: Los Angeles Angels -120
There's no question the A's are playing some incredible baseball right now. Oakland has won 15 of their last 18 overall. At the same time, Los Angeles is playing pretty good baseball of their own. The Angels are 10-3 over their last 13, including an 8-3 win on Monday over Oakland.
The Angels desperately need to sweep the A's to really feel good about their chances of making the playoffs. I think they will at least take the first two games of the series.
Los Angeles will send out Zack Greinke against Jarrod Parker, and I think Greinke is the clear-cut starter to back in this one. Greinke is coming in off two dominant starts at Detroit and home against Boston. In those two outings he allowed just 3 earned runs on 10 hits over 14 and 2/3 innings of work.
Parker has been solid in 2012, but is coming off a bad start at Cleveland. He allowed 5 runs on eight hits in just five innings of work. I look for those struggles to carry over into tonight's game.
Los Angeles is 7-1 in their last 8 after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game, 8-1 in their last 9 games as a favorite, and 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. BET THE ANGELS!