In the second of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (29-41) and the Los Angeles Angels (29-41) at O.C. Coliseum, Jesse Hahn (4-5, 3.62 ERA) and Jered Weaver (4-7, 4.65 ERA) take the mound. The Angels won the last game 12-7 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 20 and will air on FSN-W and CSN-CA.
In his last start, Hahn pitched 6.2 innings, giving up one run, striking out four and walking two in a 9-1 victory over the Padres. Stephen Vogt (.283, 33 Rs, 13 HRs, 50 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. In his career against the Athletics, Weaver is 13-10 with a 2.64 ERA. He gets a solid Oakland offense that's batting .258. Albert Pujols (.273, 41 Rs, 20 HRs, 42 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well, going 2 for 5 yesterday with three runs, one home run, and five RBIs.
Oakland, a -133 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Los Angeles. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. The Athletics are 18-23 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -1,769. They have not performed well against their division, earning an SU record of 14-21 and a 9-12 record when they were the favorite. The most recent 10-game stretch for the Athletics has gone great. Over that span, Oakland is averaging 5.7 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.4. Don't expect the Oakland hitters to swing wildly in their own ballpark. They average only 5.9 strikeouts per home game. Transitioning to the Oakland defense and pitching staff, teams routinely struggle to score runs against the Athletics, who allow only 3.9 runs per game. The Athletics don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking fifth in the AL with only 8.0 hits allowed per game.
On the other side, the Angels have a record of 13-16 when they are the underdog and are -269 overall with the money line. Against divisional rivals, they are 17-12 SU, but have a 4-5 record when they were an underdog to win. Los Angeles's pitching staff tends to perform well when they play division rivals. They've allowed an average of 3.5 runs per game against teams from the AL West, lower than their season average of 3.9. They also allow just 2.4 walks per road game, best in the AL.
The Angels have mostly come out on top against the Athletics in their previous 11 games this season, earning a 7-4 record. The Athletics will take on a right-hander (Weaver) in this game and have a 26-27 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Hahn will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 26-28 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Athletics are struggling at 14-22 in their division, while the Angels are 18-12.
Oakland has won 34% (12-23) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 57% (17-13) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Angels who are coming in with a 3-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Angels have a slight leg up on the Athletics, as the Angels have won their last two games while the Athletics have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 23-10. The Angels have a 25-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 17th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 276 this season. Oakland ranks second with 312 runs.
Ranking 19th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 184 this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 223.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 20-20. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have a 26-17 record.