Scott Kazmir (3-4, 2.84 ERA) and Garrett Richards (7-4, 3.59 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (30-41) and the Los Angeles Angels (35-34) at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 4-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 21 and can be seen on FSN-W and CSN-CA.
Kazmir is 2-5 with a 7.56 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts against the Angels. Stephen Vogt (.293, 33 Rs, 13 HRs, 51 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 3 with one RBI. Richards is 2-3 with a 5.10 ERA when pitching against the Athletics. He takes on a quality Oakland offense which is hitting .259 this season. Mike Trout (.301, 52 Rs, 18 HRs, 41 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run.
Oakland is a -125 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 -1,925 and a record as the favorite of 18-24. Oakland has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 9-13 and 14-22 as the favorite and SU respectively. The Athletics have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 6.3 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.5 runs per game. Oakland's batters do not strike out very often at home, with only 5.9 per game. As for the pitchers, the Athletics are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.0 hits per game so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Los Angeles has a 14-16 record and an overall money line of -123. They are 5-5 as the underdog against AL West rivals, and 18-12 SU. When it comes to issuing walks on the road, the Angels have the fewest in the AL with only 2.4 walks allowed per game.
The Angels lead the season series, 7-5. The Athletics have a 26-28 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Richards takes the mound. Kazmir (LHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have an 8-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Athletics hold a 15-22 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Angels' record in these matchups is 18-13.
The Angels are 1-3 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Athletics are 0-6 in such matchups.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Angels are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Athletics have a 17-2 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 24-10. The Angels have a 25-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 17th, Los Angeles sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 277 this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at second with 316.
Ranking 18th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 188 this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 226.
The Athletics are 20-20 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Angels are 26-17 when they hit at least one homer.