Nick Tropeano (first start) and Jesse Chavez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (6-9) and the Oakland Athletics (8-8) at Angel Stadium. The Athletics won the last game 9-2 and Oakland leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 23 and can be seen on CSN-CA and FSN-W.
Tropeano is making his first start of the season, and goes up against a good Oakland offense which is batting .283 this season. Johnny Giavotella (.318, 7 Rs, 1 HR, 7 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Chavez failed to make the rotation out of Spring Training, but made the bullpen and now makes a spot start. Stephen Vogt (.362, 8 Rs, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
Los Angeles is a -134 favorite against Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Angels have recorded an overall money line of -345 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 4-6. Within its division, Los Angeles has a 4-3 record as favorite and a 6-5 record SU. The Angels have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 4.7 runs per game. They average 4.3 runs per game on the season. Los Angeles's pitchers put it all together when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 3.5 against fellow AL West members, compared to its 4.1 season average.
In games where it is the underdog, Oakland has a 4-3 record and an overall money line of -221. They are 3-3 as the underdog against AL West rivals, and 6-6 SU. The Athletics have a dynamic offense, ranking fourth in the league with 52 extra base hits. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Athletics are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.11 for the season.
The Athletics lead the season series, 2-1. The Angels have a bad 0-3 record at home (3-6 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Hahn takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Angels are an even 6-6 against the division, while the Athletics sit at 7-6.
The Angels are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 4-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 1-8. The Athletics have a 1-5 record when opponents outhit them.
Tied at 13th for total home runs, Los Angeles and Oakland have each hit 14 homers this season.
Ranking 10th, Los Angeles is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 7.57 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at third with 9.40.
Ranking 25th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.641). Oakland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .774.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 1-5. When the Angels allow one or more homers, they have a 4-9 record.