C.J. Wilson (3-5, 3.92 ERA) and Kendall Graveman (3-2, 4.83 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (31-30) and the Oakland Athletics (25-38) at Angel Stadium. The Angels won the last game 5-4 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 13 and can be seen on CSN-CA and FSN-W.
Wilson is 11-8 with a 3.46 ERA in his appearances against the Athletics, and goes up against a good Oakland offense which is batting .256 this season. Mike Trout (.301, 47 Rs, 18 HRs, 37 RBIs, 8 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. When pitching against the Angels, Graveman is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA, 2.33 WHIP, and two strikeouts. Josh Reddick (.309, 28 Rs, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Los Angeles is a -148 favorite against Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Angels have an overall money line of -324 and a record as the favorite of 18-16. Los Angeles has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 11-7 and 15-11 records as the favorite and SU respectively. Los Angeles's pitchers put it all together when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 3.4 against fellow AL West members, compared to its 4.0 season average.
As for their opponent, Oakland is coming in with an overall money line of -1,842 and a disappointing record of 9-15 as the underdog. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 5-7 record against teams in their division, and a 6-4 record SU. The Athletics allow 4.0 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 3.0 runs per game during that span.
The Angels lead the season series, 5-3. The Angels have a 22-25 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Graveman takes the mound. Wilson (LHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a poor 0-5 record on the road against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
The Athletics currently sit below .500 against the AL West Division at 13-20, and the Angels have a 16-11 record.
Oakland has won 31% (10-22) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 57% (16-12) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Angels are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 10-15 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 4-24. The Angels have a 7-21 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 17th in home runs, Oakland has hit 55 this season. Los Angeles ranks eighth with 65 home runs.
Ranking 12th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.02 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.84.
Ranking 22nd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.692). Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .711.
The Athletics are 5-25 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Angels are 14-26 when they allow at least one homer.