The final day of the MLB regular season is going to be played on Wednesday, October 5, and we’re giving you this divisional clash, so make sure you get the best Angels vs. Athletics betting pick and odds.
Los Angeles and Oakland will play the third of a three-game series at O.co Coliseum, and the Angels are -250 moneyline favorites on BetOnline Sportsbook, while the total is set at 7 runs. These AL West foes have met 16 times before this series, and the Angels lead 12-4. Oakland did open the current series with a win, while Game 2 will be played on Tuesday night.
Angels’ winning streak snapped in Oakland
The Los Angeles Angels were in their best form of the season as they recorded seven consecutive wins for the first time this year. After winning the series against the Twins, the Angels swept the Athletics and Rangers, but that positive run snapped in Game 1 of this series with the Oakland Athletics.
The Angels had a 4-0 lead after the opening seven innings, but the A’s came from behind to force an extra inning and then added another run for a 5-4 win. Jo Adell led the Angels’ offense with two RBIs, while Shohei Ohtani and Taylor Ward had one RBI apiece. Patrick Sandoval (6-9) was excellent in his start as he pitched for 6.0 scoreless innings with six strikeouts and a walk. Zack Weiss (0-1) was credited with a loss, the first of his MLB career.
Shohei Ohtani (15-8) will take the mound for the 28th and final time this year when he faces Oakland on Wednesday. The 28-year-old two-way sensation owns a sublime 2.35 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 213/43 K/BB ratio across 161.0 innings of work.
Athletics came from behind to beat the Angels
The Oakland Athletics, opposite to the Angels, were in a poor form of six defeats in a row, but they managed to beat the Seattle Mariners to conclude that series and then opened this one with a W over the Angels. Oakland will finish the season with the second-worst record in the MLB and the worst in the AL.
The A’s couldn’t do much against Patrick Sandoval in the opening six innings, but they started tormenting Los Angeles’ bullpen and scored four quick runs in the 8th and 9th inning to force an extra inning. Tony Kemp’s RBI single made it 5-4 for the Athletics in the 10th. Seth Brown was the best batter with three RBIs. Adrian Martinez (4-6) struggled in his start as he surrendered four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks over 4.1 innings. Domingo Acevedo (4-4) was credited with a win.
Ken Waldichuk (1-2) is getting his 7th start of the year when he meets the Angels on Wednesday. The 24-year-old left-hander has a bloated 6.18 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 29/9 K/BB ratio in 27.2 innings.
- 7-1 in the last eight overall
- 6-1 in the last seven vs. American League West rivals
- 5-1 in the last six games vs. a left-handed starter
- 2-6 in the last eight vs. American League West opponents
- 3-8 in the last 11 home games vs. a right-handed starter
Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics Pick
Shohei Ohtani had a fantastic season and has to be an AL Cy Young Award nominee. He will be looking to conclude a disappointing season for his team with a win, and I am backing him to do it after his latest display against the A’s when he pitched for 8.0 shutout innings in a win. Ohtani has four consecutive victories and is 2-1 in three starts against Oakland with a microscopic 0.92 ERA across 19.2 innings. On the other hand, Ken Waldichuk is not a factor in his rookie season, and I am pretty sure the Angels, who aren’t particularly good against southpaws, will torture him here.
Pick: Take the Angels at -1.5 Run Line (-125)
I mentioned that Los Angeles is not batting well against southpaws. In fact, the Angels average just .226 BA and 3.46 runs against lefties, while the A’s are even worse against right-handed pitchers (.213 BA and 3.41 runs per nine innings). That’s why I don’t expect to see a high-scoring affair. Additionally, Under is 17-7 when Ohtani is a starter, and given he allowed just a .141 BA in 64 at-bats to Oakland’s batters, I am going with another low-scoring tilt. Ohtani surrendered only three RBIs in those 64 at-bats.
Pick: Go Under 7.5 runs (-120)