Nick Tropeano (2-2, 4.35 ERA) and Chris Bassitt (1-7, 3.07 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (81-74) and the Oakland Athletics (65-91) at Angel Stadium. The Angels won the last game 5-4, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 29 and can be seen on CSCA, FSW and ESPN.
Tropeano pitched 4.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs (two unearned), striking out five and walking two in a 6-5 defeat to the Astros. Mike Trout (.297, 99 Rs, 40 HRs, 88 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Bassitt went 3.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking one in an 8-1 defeat to the Rangers in his last outing. Josh Reddick (.271, 66 Rs, 20 HRs, 76 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Los Angeles is a -162 favorite against Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Angels have recorded an overall money line of +272 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 55-31. Los Angeles is unbeaten as the favorite and has an 8-2 SU record in its last ten outings.
Over in the other dugout, Oakland is coming in with an overall money line of -3,153 and a disappointing record of 31-52 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 2-5 record, and a 3-7 record SU. Oakland is excellent at drawing walks with 3.0 per road game, ranking fourth in the AL. The Athletics allow 4.5 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 6.9 runs per game during that span.
The Angels lead the season series, 9-7. The Angels have a 58-55 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Bassitt takes the mound. Tropeano (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 51-59 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
The Angels hold a 40-29 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Athletics' record in these matchups is 30-40.
Los Angeles won its last game in a shutout, its 12th of the season. Oakland has been shut out eight times this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Angels are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Athletics have a 15-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
It looks like the Angels have a slight leg up on the Athletics, as the Angels have won their last five games while the Athletics have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 48-21. The Angels have a 58-15 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 623 this season. Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 668.
Ranking 22nd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 410 this season. Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 454.
The Angels are 63-37 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 44-46 when they hit at least one homer.