The Athletics (49-110, 23-55 away) travel to take on the Angels (71-88, 36-42 home) in game one of this AL West matchup. Ken Waldichuk is getting the start for the Athletics while Chase Silseth is starting for the Angels. See who I like to pick up the win in today’s Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels showdown at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
OAKLAND ATHLETICS VS LOS ANGELES ANGELS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Los Angeles Angels -142
This game will be played at Angel Stadium of Anaheim at 9:38 ET on Friday, September 29th.
WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS:
- The Athletics have gone just 3-7 in their last ten games.
- Over their previous ten games as the underdog, the Athletics are just 3-7 straight-up.
- Across Chase Silseth’s seven starts, the Angels have put together a record of 5-2.
OAKLAND ATHLETICS HAVE STRUGGLED AGAINST THE AL WEST
For the season, the Athletics have an overall record of 49-110, placing them 5th in the AL West. Against other AL West opponents, they are 13-36 along with going 26-55 and 23-55 at home and on the road, respectively. So far, they have played a total of 49 series, going 12-34-3.
Today marks Ken Waldichuk’s 35th outing of the 2023 season, with a record of 4-8. His ERA is 5.29 and opponents have a .344 OBP against him. He has struck out 129 batters and his WHIP is 1.54. On the road, his ERA is 6.97, while at home it stands at 4.75.
The Athletics emerged victorious the last time Ken Waldichuk toed the rubber, besting the Tigers 8-2. The right-hander hurled six frames, yielding four hits and two earned runs while notching a win for his ledger.
In their ten most recent games, the Athletics have put together a batting average of only .211, placing them 27th compared to the rest of the league. At 3.6 runs per game, Oakland is 29th in the MLB. This figure has come on a team batting average of .223 and OPS of .669 which has them 29th in baseball.
Brent Rooker has been a major contributor to the Athletics’ offensive production in 2023, leading the team with 29 home runs and 67 RBIs. His slugging percentage is currently at .479 for the season.
WILL THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
On a record of 71-88, the Angels come into today’s game 4th in the AL West. When playing at home, they are 36-42 and 35-46 on the road. Los Angeles has played in 50 series thus far, and have gone 18-29-3.
Chase Silseth has made 15 appearances this season, with a .389 slugging percentage allowed and a 1.28 WHIP. His overall record is 4-1, with an ERA of 4.10 and 53 strikeouts, averaging 9.87 K/9. On the road, Silseth is 2-1 with an ERA of 3.38; at home he’s 2-0 with an ERA of 6.08.
Chase Silseth’s most recent start against the Mets saw him surrender two runs on two hits over 3 1/3 innings. Despite not earning the win or loss, his Angels were victorious, 5-3.
So far this season, the Angels’ has gone deep 226 times, placing them 4th in the league. Over Los Angeles’ previous five games, they are 17th in runs scored, with their season average of 4.6 runs per game putting them 14th in the league. The Angels’ overall team batting average stands at .245 along with an OBP of .317.
Over the Angels’ past five contests, Brandon Drury has paced the team with one home run. He has tallied 24 round-trippers on the season and is batting .258.