Every team in the MLB is measured against the very best that the league has to offer. At the start of the new season, it is the defending World Series champions who are the bar that the others are trying to reach. As the season progresses, though, the top teams in the league don’t always end up being the defending champions, which is what we are seeing this year as the Red Sox continue to struggle.
There can be no denying that one of the teams to watch this year is the Houston Astros, as they look like a team that is solid from top to bottom. When it comes to trying to match or top what the Astros do, it all begins in their own division, the AL West. The other 4 teams there can clearly see where the bar has been set, but trying to reach that level has proven to be tough. The A’s and the LA Angels will play the second of a 4-game series on Wednesday night, with the A’s drawing first blood on Tuesday. LA are favored by 1 ½, with the run total for this game set at 9.
Athletics vs Angels MLB Lines, Betting Analysis & Game Info
- When: Wednesday, June 5 at 10:07 PM EST
- Where: Angel Stadium, Anaheim
- TV: FSW
- Radio: Oakland / Los Angeles
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- Starting Pitchers: Mengden Vs Bedrosian
- MLB Odds: Angels -1.5
Why bet on the Oakland A’s?
The Oakland A’s came into this series very much in need of a win. After going on a tear that saw them move from the depth of the AL West all they way up to second, they ended last week by taking 5 straight losses, including back to back defeats at the hands of the Angels. Oakland got the win that they needed in the opening game of this series, exacting a little revenge in a 4-2 win over the Angels.
As far as this season series goes, it is Oakland who still have the upper hand, going 5-3 SU in the 8 games that they have played to this point. The A’s are trying to get their road record back to .500, as they currently sit at 12-15 SU away from home, as well as being 15-12 ATS. It will be Daniel Mengden (1-1, 3.05 ERA) who gets the start.
- Runs: 4.82
- Hits: 8.42
- Walks: 3.35
- Strike Outs: 7.77
- Runs: 4.42
- Hits: 8.18
- Walks: 3.52
- Strike Outs: 7.87
Why bet on the LA Angels?
It has been a case of one step forward, two steps back for the LA Angels for large portions of this season. They looked to be hitting their stride last week, winning 5 of 6 games, but they have now followed that run up with back to back losses, including going down to the A’s in the opening game in this series.
With that loss, the Angels are back to playing .500 ball at home, going 15-15 SU, leaving them 3 games below .500 and a whopping 12 ½ games out of first in the West, a division that the Astros are currently running away with. As a home favorite this season, the Angels are 8-10 ATS. It will be Cam Bedrosian (2-2, 2.96 ERA) on the mound looking to get the Angels back to winning ways.
- Runs: 4.97
- Hits: 8.72
- Walks: 3.75
- Strike Outs: 6.31
- Runs: 5.00
- Hits: 8.28
- Walks: 3.54
- Strike Outs: 8.72
Athletics vs Angels MLB Betting Trends
- Athletics are 1-5 SU in the last 6 games
- The total went UNDER in 6 of the Athletics’ last 7 games played in June
- Angels are 2-6 SU in the last 8 games at home
- The total went OVER in 6 of the Angels’ last 9 games against an opponent in the American League
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think we are looking at a 4-game series here that could well be headed for a split. The Angels may have lost the opener, but I like them to bounce back and get the win here, covering in the process.
Oakland A’s 3 LA Angels 5