Felix Doubront (1-1, 3.70 ERA) and Hector Santiago (7-8, 3.13 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (57-74) and the Los Angeles Angels (65-65) at O.co Coliseum. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 31 and can be seen on CSCA and FSW.
Doubront pitched 2.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs and striking out four in an 11-5 defeat to the Mariners. Stephen Vogt (.268, 52 Rs, 18 HRs, 67 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 6 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Santiago went 4.1 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out three and walking three in a 5-0 defeat to the Tigers in his most recent start. Mike Trout (.298, 81 Rs, 33 HRs, 74 RBIs, 10 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Angels, going 4 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Los Angeles takes on Oakland as a -125 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Athletics have recorded an overall money line of -2,504 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 25-40. 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. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Athletics, who have a team ERA of only 3.69. The Athletics are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.1 hits per game so far this season.
Over in the other dugout, 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 opponents, 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 Angels lead the season series, 7-6. The Athletics have a bad 11-26 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Santiago takes the mound. Doubront (LHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 19-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
The Athletics are 25-27 against their divisional rivals, while the Angels are 28-23 against their division.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Angels have a 23-42 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Athletics have a slight leg up on the Angels, as the Athletics have won their last two games while the Angels have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 44-19. The Angels have a 46-14 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Los Angeles has earned 515 this season. Oakland ranks 15th with 538 runs.
Ranking 20th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 352 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 15th with 370.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 36-34. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have a 51-32 record.