Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Hector Santiago (4-3, 2.55 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (30-30) meet Jesse Chavez (2-6, 2.51 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (25-37) in the first of a three-game series at Angel Stadium. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 12 and will air on CSN-CA and FSN-W.
Santiago has a 1.91 ERA and a 3-2 record in his career against the Athletics, but faces a strong Oakland offense that's hitting .255 on the year. Mike Trout (.292, 45 Rs, 17 HRs, 36 RBIs, 8 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Angels, Chavez is 1-5 with a 4.02 ERA, 35 strikeouts and 11 walks. Josh Reddick (.312, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 36 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
Los Angeles is a -123 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Angels are 18-16 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -424. They have impressive records of 11-7 as the favorite and 15-11 SU within their division. Below average play has been the norm lately for the Los Angeles pitchers. The Angels have given up an average of 5.1 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.0 runs per game.
Switching gears, the Athletics come into this game with a weak win percentage of .375 when playing as the underdog (9-15) and an overall money line of -1,942. Against divisional rivals, they are 12-19 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 5-7 record.
The Angels have gotten the best of the Athletics in head-to-head matchups this season, going 4-3. This game will feature Chavez (RHP) on the mound against the Angels, who have a 21-25 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Athletics will be the left-hander Santiago. Southpaws starters haven't been any trouble for them (3-11), but it's a different story when they play on the road (0-5).
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Angels are 15-11 against their divisional rivals, while the Athletics are 13-19 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 15-12, while Oakland is 10-21.
The Angels are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Athletics have a 3-7 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 4-24. The Angels have a 6-21 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 17th in home runs, Oakland has hit 52 this season. Los Angeles ranks ninth with 63 home runs.
Ranking 14th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.92 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.80.
Ranking 20th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.688). Oakland ranks in the top half at 15th with an OPS of .709.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 5-24. When the Angels allow one or more homers, they have a 13-26 record.