In the last of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (9-13) and the Los Angeles Angels (9-13) at O.C. Coliseum, Scott Kazmir (2-0, 0.99 ERA) and Garrett Richards (1-1, 3.75 ERA) get the ball. The Angels won the last game 6-3 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 3:35 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 30 and will air on FSN-W and CSN-CA.
Kazmir is 2-5 with a 7.56 ERA against the Angels in his career, but faces a struggling Los Angeles offense that's hitting just .226 on the year. Stephen Vogt (.348, 11 Rs, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Athletics, Richards is 1-3 with a 5.62 ERA. He gets a solid Oakland offense that's batting .265. Mike Trout (.315, 18 Rs, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Angels, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
Oakland is a slight underdog (-101) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. When playing as the underdog, the Athletics have a 5-4 record and overall money line at -529. They have an SU record of 8-10 against teams in their division and a 4-4 record when they were the underdog in those games. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking second in the AL with an average of only 6.4 strikeouts per game. As for the pitching staff, the Athletics are fourth in the AL in hits allowed with just 7.5 per game.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Angels come into this game with a win percentage of .467 when playing as the favorite (7-8) and an overall money line of -402. Against fellow AL West members, they are 9-8 SU and 7-5 as the favorite. Playing against AL West foes really brings the best out of the Los Angeles pitchers. They allow 3.6 runs per game against teams within their division, which is lower than their season average of 4.0.
This game will feature Richards (RHP) on the mound against the Athletics, who have an 8-8 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Kazmir will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 4-2 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Athletics are 8-11 against their divisional rivals, while the Angels are 10-8 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 5-5, while Oakland is 3-9.
The Athletics are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Angels have a record of 1-2 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 1-8. The Angels have a 2-9 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 17th in home runs, Oakland has hit 17 this season. Los Angeles ranks 15th with 18 home runs.
Ranking 14th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.40 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.29.
Ranking 24th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.641). Oakland ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .724.
When the Angels allow at least one home run, they are 4-11. When the Athletics allow one or more homers, they have a 1-9 record.