Sonny Gray (8-3, 1.60 ERA) gets the start for the Oakland Athletics (29-40) as they go up against Matt Shoemaker (4-5, 4.85 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (34-33) in the first of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The game starts at 9:35 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 19 and will air on FSN-W and CSN-CA.
Gray is 5-1 with a 2.11 ERA and 0.96 WHIP against the Angels in his career. Stephen Vogt (.279, 31 Rs, 12 HRs, 47 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. In his pitching opportunities against the Athletics, Shoemaker is 1-2 with a 4.57 ERA. He meets a solid Oakland offense that's batting .258. Mike Trout (.300, 49 Rs, 18 HRs, 40 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Angels, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Oakland, a -153 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 18-22 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -1,640. They are 4-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. Over their past 10 games, Oakland's offense has been playing lights out, averaging 6.0 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.5. The Athletics lead the AL in hits at home with 9.6 per game. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking second in the AL with an average of only 5.9 strikeouts per home game. Oakland's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the AL. The Athletics have a team ERA of 3.53, one of the lowest in their league. The Athletics don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking fifth in the AL with only 8.0 hits allowed per game.
Switching gears, the Angels come into this game with a win percentage of .429 when playing as the underdog (12-16) and an overall money line of -369. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 5-5 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-4 record. Playing against AL West foes really brings the best out of the Los Angeles pitchers. They allow 3.5 runs per game against teams within their division, which is lower than their season average of 4.0.
The Angels have gotten the better of the Athletics in head-to-head matchups this season, going 6-4. This game will feature Shoemaker (RHP) on the mound against the Athletics, who have a 26-26 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Gray will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 25-28 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Athletics hold a 14-21 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Angels' record in these matchups is 17-12.
Oakland has won 35% (12-22) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 55% (16-13) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Athletics are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Angels have a 13-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 5-26. The Angels have a 7-23 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the bottom half of the league at 16th when it comes to home runs, hitting 59 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 70.
Ranking 14th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.97 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.01.
Ranking 23rd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.687). Oakland ranks in the top half at 15th with an OPS of .717.
When the Angels allow at least one home run, they are 14-28. When the Athletics allow one or more homers, they have a 7-27 record.