Jered Weaver (0-2, 6.61 ERA) and Sonny Gray (1-0, 2.11 ERA) take the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (6-8) and the Oakland Athletics (7-8) at Angel Stadium. The Angels won the last game 14-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 22 and can be seen on CSN-CA and FSN-W.
Weaver is 13-9 with a 2.49 ERA in his appearances against the Athletics, but goes up against a quality Oakland offense which is batting .270 this season. Kole Calhoun (.293, 8 Rs, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs) had a good game yesterday, going 4 for 5 with three runs, one home run, and three RBIs. Gray is 2-1 with a 2.68 ERA when pitching against the Angels. He is up against a below-average Los Angeles offense which is hitting just .228 this season. Billy Butler (.375, 9 Rs, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Los Angeles is a slim -108 favorite at home against Oakland. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Angels have recorded an overall money line of -445 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 3-6. Within its division, Los Angeles has a 3-3 record as favorite and a 5-5 record SU. Los Angeles's pitchers put it all together when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 3.7 against fellow AL West members, compared to its 4.3 season average.
Over in the other dugout, in contrast to a worrisome overall money line (-121), Oakland has an impressive 4-2 record when playing as the underdog. They are 3-2 as the underdog against teams in their division, and 6-5 SU. The Athletics have a dynamic offense, ranking fourth in the league with 50 extra base hits. Oakland is excellent at not striking out with just 6.5 per game, ranking second in the AL. Oakland's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 2.79 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Athletics are fourth in the AL with an average of 7.1 hits allowed per game.
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 Gray takes the mound. Weaver (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 6-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
This season, the Athletics hold an even 6-6 record against AL West teams. The Angels sit at 6-5 against these opponents.
For the fourth time this season, the Athletics registered at least two errors in a game.
In extra innings, the Athletics are 0-2.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Athletics are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Angels have a 2-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 6-2. The Angels have a 5-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 60 this season. Oakland ranks fourth with 74 runs.
Ranking 15th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 39 this season. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 46.
The Angels are 5-5 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 5-2 when they hit at least one homer.