In a game that has the potential for a lot of runs, Jesse Hahn (2-4, 5.53 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (47-60) are in Los Angeles to take on Ricky Nolasco (4-8, 5.13 ERA) and the Angels (49-58). This is the last of a three-game series at Angel Stadium. The Athletics lost the last game 8-6, continuing a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 4 and can be seen on CSCA and FSW.
Mike Trout (.318, 85 Rs, 19 HRs, 67 RBIs, 17 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs and one RBI. Hahn went 7.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking one in a 3-2 win over the Rays in his most recent start. Khris Davis (.254, 53 Rs, 27 HRs, 69 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs.
Los Angeles is a -130 favorite against Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Angels have an overall money line of -890 and a record as the favorite of 24-20. Los Angeles is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Angels are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with an impressive 9.1 per game. Los Angeles strikes out the least of any team in the AL, with only 5.8 per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Oakland has a 31-38 record and an overall money line of -1,040. They are 16-14 as the underdog against teams in their division, and 20-24 SU. Oakland is excellent at making contact with just 6.8 strikeouts per game, ranking second in the AL.
The Angels lead the season series, 8-4. The Angels have a 34-42 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hahn takes the mound. Nolasco (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 35-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
Oakland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games.
Oakland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing LA Angels.
Oakland is 5-12 SU in their last 17 games when playing LA Angels.
Oakland is 8-16 SU in their last 24 games when playing on the road against LA Angels.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Angels.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Angels's last 5 games when playing at home against Oakland.
The Angels hold a 20-23 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Athletics' record in these matchups is 20-24.
Oakland has won 39% (16-25) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Los Angeles has won 41% (20-29) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded four strikeouts. The Angels have a record of 19-16 when opponents' pitchers have four strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 6-45. The Athletics have an 11-48 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 101 this season. Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 116.
Ranking 10th, Oakland is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.59 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 9.14.
Ranking 23rd, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.712). Los Angeles ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .745.
The Athletics are 21-49 when they allow at least one home run. The Angels perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 27-47 record.