In the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (81-74) and the Oakland Athletics (65-91) at Angel Stadium, Hector Santiago (9-9, 3.47 ERA) and Felix Doubront (3-3, 5.53 ERA) get the start. The Angels go into this series on a five-game winning streak. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 28 and will air on CSCA, FSW and MLBN.
In his most recent outing, Santiago pitched 5.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out four and walking five in a 4-3 victory over the Astros. Mike Trout (.297, 99 Rs, 40 HRs, 88 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. The Athletics were unsuccessful to the Rangers 10-3 the last time Doubront pitched. He went 4.2 innings, allowing seven runs, striking out four and walking two. Ben Zobrist (.282, 74 Rs, 13 HRs, 54 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Los Angeles is a -178 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Angels perform well as a favorite with a 55-31 record and have an overall money line of +272. They are 8-2 SU and perfect as the favorite (3-0) in their last 10 games.
Switching gears, the Athletics come into this game with a weak win percentage of .373 when playing as the underdog (31-52) and an overall money line of -3,153. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 3-7 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 2-5 record. Oakland has an eye for the strike zone on the road, ranking 3.0 in the AL with fourth walks per game. Oakland's pitching staff has allowed an average of 6.9 runs per game during the last 10 games, 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 9-7. This game will feature Doubront (LHP) on the mound against the Angels, who have a 23-19 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Athletics will be the left-hander Santiago. Southpaw starters have been a big issue for them as they sport records of 3-16 on the road and 14-32 overall.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
The Angels are 40-29 against their divisional rivals, while the Athletics are 30-40 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 40-24, while Oakland is 27-41.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Angels have a 32-49 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 11-61. The Angels have a 17-56 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 21st in home runs, Oakland has hit 140 this season. Los Angeles ranks 10th with 166 home runs.
Ranking 15th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.17 per game. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.70.
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 .699 and Oakland ranks 23rd with an OPS of .710.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 27-69. When the Angels allow one or more homers, they have a 45-60 record.