Sonny Gray (2-0, 1.91 ERA) starts for the Oakland Athletics (8-12) as they square off against Jered Weaver (0-2, 5.24 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (9-10) in the first of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 28 and can be seen on FSN-W and CSN-CA.
Gray is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in his appearances against the Angels, and goes up against a below-average Los Angeles offense which is batting just .227 this season. Josh Reddick (.348, 4 Rs, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run and one RBI. Weaver is 13-9 with a 2.46 ERA when pitching against the Athletics. He is up against a good Oakland offense which is hitting .268 this season. Kole Calhoun (.328, 9 Rs, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 6 Sunday.
The odds for Oakland and Los Angeles are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, Oakland has a record of 7-10 SU. The Athletics are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 7.6 hits per game so far this season.
The Angels are 9-7 against AL West rivals. The Angels average 3.9 runs allowed per game, but does better whenever another team from the AL West is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 3.4 against division foes.
The Athletics have a 7-8 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Weaver takes the mound. Gray (RHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 5-8 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK
The Athletics are 7-10 against their divisional rivals, while the Angels are 9-7 against their division.
Los Angeles recorded at least two errors for the third time this season.
When the Athletics and the Angels play into extra innings, both teams are winless. In such games, Oakland has a 0-3 record and Los Angeles is 0-1.
The Angels are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Athletics have a record of 1-3 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 7-3. The Angels have a 6-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th, Los Angeles sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 75 this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 96.
Oakland and Los Angeles both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Oakland sits at 11th with 60 this season and Los Angeles ranks 15th with 56.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 6-3. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have a 7-6 record.