Cody Martin (2-3, 5.40 ERA) and Matt Shoemaker (6-9, 4.48 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (58-74) and the Los Angeles Angels (65-66) at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 11-5 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 1 and can be seen on CSCA and FSW.
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. Shoemaker went 7.1 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out five and walking one in a 2-0 win over the Tigers in his last outing. 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.
Los Angeles is a narrow -110 favorite over Oakland. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs. The Athletics have recorded an overall money line of -2,404 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 26-40. Within its division, Oakland has a 15-15 as the underdog and a 25-27 SU. The Athletics have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 4.6 runs per game. They average 4.1 runs per game on the season. Oakland's batters do not strike out very often at home, with only 6.0 per game. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Athletics, who have a team ERA of only 3.65. 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.
As for their opponent, in contrast to a worrisome overall money line (-653), Los Angeles has an impressive 48-29 record when playing as the favorite. They are 20-11 as the favorite against AL West rivals, and 28-23 SU. Offensively, the Angels have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.0 runs per game by averaging 2.8 during that stretch. The Angels have a dynamic offense, ranking fourth in the league with 341 extra base hits. The Angels allow 4.1 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 7.6 runs per game during that span.
The Athletics have a 46-48 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Shoemaker takes the mound. Martin (RHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 46-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
The Athletics hold a 26-27 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Angels' record in these matchups is 28-24.
The Athletics are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 11 runs. The Angels have a 0-4 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
It looks like the Athletics have a slight leg up on the Angels, as the Athletics have won their last three games while the Angels have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 44-19. The Angels have a 46-15 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Los Angeles has earned 520 this season. Oakland ranks 14th with 549 runs.
Ranking 19th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 357 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 15th with 376.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 37-34. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have a 51-32 record.