Matt Shoemaker (2-0, 4.38 ERA) and Kendall Graveman (1-1, 7.27 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (5-7) and the Oakland Athletics (6-7) at Angel Stadium. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 20 and can be seen on CSN-CA and FSN-W.
Shoemaker is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his appearances against the Athletics, but goes up against a good Oakland offense which is batting .280 this season. Kole Calhoun (.258, 5 Rs, 1 HR, 5 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Graveman went 5.1 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out three and walking four in a 4-0 win over the Astros in his last outing. Stephen Vogt (.368, 6 Rs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Los Angeles is a -135 favorite against Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Angels have an overall money line of -173 and a record as the favorite of 3-4. The Angels are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.3 walks per game so far this season.
As for their opponent, in contrast to a worrisome overall money line (-152), Oakland has an impressive 3-2 record when playing as the underdog. They are 2-2 as the underdog against AL West opponents, and 5-5 SU. The Athletics are tough outs for opponents, ranking fifth in the AL with 8.6 hits per road game. Oakland is excellent at not striking out with just 6.4 per game, ranking second in the AL. Oakland's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 2.73 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Athletics are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.05 for the season.
The Angels have a 3-4 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Graveman takes the mound. Shoemaker (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 5-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
This season, the Athletics hold an even 5-5 record against AL West teams. The Angels sit at 5-4 against these opponents.
Los Angeles has won 25% (1-3) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Oakland has won 29% (2-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the Angels need to step it up. The Athletics have a record of 6-4 when opponents get eight hits or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 1-6. The Athletics have a 1-4 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, Oakland has hit 10 this season. Los Angeles ranks 12th with 12 home runs.
Ranking 12th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.09 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at third with 10.08.
Ranking 23rd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.635). Oakland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .769.
The Athletics are 1-4 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Angels are 3-7 when they allow at least one homer.