Sonny Gray (12-6, 2.13 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (58-74) take on Andrew Heaney (5-2, 3.11 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (65-66) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at O.co Coliseum. The Angels won the last game 6-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 3:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 2 and can be seen on CSCA, FSW and MLBN.
Gray pitched 6.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs (two unearned), striking out five and walking two in a 6-4 defeat to the Diamondbacks. Stephen Vogt (.268, 52 Rs, 18 HRs, 67 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 6 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Heaney went 6.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out three and walking one in a 3-1 defeat to the Indians in his most recent start. Albert Pujols (.249, 70 Rs, 34 HRs, 76 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Oakland is a -142 favorite against Los Angeles and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -2,304 and a record as the favorite of 32-34. Within its division, Oakland has a 16-15 record as favorite and a 26-27 record SU. The Athletics have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.6 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.2 runs per game. Oakland's batters do not strike out very often at home, with only 6.0 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Athletics, who have a team ERA of only 3.66. The Athletics are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.2 hits per game so far this season.
In the other locker room, Los Angeles is coming in with an overall money line of -762 and a disappointing record of 17-37 as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-7 record when playing as the underdog. Offensively, the Angels have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.0 runs per game by averaging 4.4 in those contests. The Angels have a dynamic offense, ranking third in the league with 343 extra base hits. The Angels allow 4.2 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 7.9 runs per game during that span.
The Angels lead the season series, 8-7. The Athletics have a bad 12-26 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Heaney takes the mound. Gray (RHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 46-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Oak, O/U - Over
The Athletics are 26-28 against their divisional rivals, while the Angels are 29-24 against their division.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Angels have a 24-42 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 8-48. The Angels have a 15-48 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks near the bottom of the league at 25th when it comes to home runs, hitting 108 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 139.
Ranking 14th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.13 per game. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.71.
Oakland and Los Angeles both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Oakland sits at 23rd with an OPS of .703 and Los Angeles ranks 25th with an OPS of .695.
The Angels are 33-54 when they allow at least one home run. The Athletics perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 21-56 record.