In the last of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (83-74) and the Oakland Athletics (65-93) at Angel Stadium, Garrett Richards (15-11, 3.73 ERA) and Barry Zito (0-0, 18.00 ERA) take the mound. The Angels won the last game 8-1, extending a seven-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 30 and will air on CSCA and FSW.
In his most recent outing, Richards pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out eight and walking four in an 8-4 victory over the Mariners. Albert Pujols (.241, 81 Rs, 38 HRs, 91 RBIs, 5 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with three runs, one RBI, and one stolen base. The Athletics were unsuccessful to the Giants 14-10 the last time Zito pitched. He went 2.0 innings, allowing four runs and walking one. Josh Reddick (.272, 66 Rs, 20 HRs, 76 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Los Angeles is a considerable -230 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Angels perform well as a favorite with a 57-31 record and have an overall money line of +472. They have SU record of 8-2 and are unbeaten as the favorite (5-0) over their last 10 games.
Across the field, the Athletics have a subpar record of 31-54 when they are the underdog and are -3,353 overall with the money line. Over the last 10 games, they were winless as the underdog with a 0-7 record and 1-9 SU. The Athletics average 3.0 walks per road game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL when they travel. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Oakland pitchers. They allowed 7.7 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 4.5.
The Angels have gotten the best of the Athletics in head-to-head matchups this season, going 11-7. This game will feature Zito (LHP) on the mound against the Angels, who have a 24-19 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Richards will take the mound against the Athletics, who have a 51-60 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games.
Oakland is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oakland's last 10 games on the road.
Oakland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing LA Angels.
Oakland is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Angels.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Angels.
Oakland is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Angels.
Oakland has won 40% (27-41) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 62% (40-24) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Athletics are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Angels have a 26-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 11-62. The Angels have a 17-56 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting 142 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top half at 11th with 167.
Ranking 15th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.20 per game. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 8.67.
Los Angeles and Oakland both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Los Angeles sits at 25th with an OPS of .701 and Oakland ranks 23rd with an OPS of .709.
The Athletics are 27-70 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Angels are 47-60 when they allow at least one homer.