Okay MyBookie baseball betting buffs, with the 2021 MLB spring training campaign heading into the weekend, it’s time to find out which team is looking good when the Oakland A’s host the LA Angels on Friday. Let’s get right to it so you can place your bets against their MLB odds.
MLB Spring Training Betting Predictions – LA Angels at Oakland A’s
LA Angels (2-1) at Oakland A’s (2-2)
- When: Friday, March 5, 2021, at 3:05 PM ET
- Where: HoHoKam Stadium, Mesa, AZ
AL West Last Season
Oakland (36-24) won the AL West by seven games over second place Houston (29-31). Seattle finished third (27-33) while the Angels finished a disappointing fourth (26-34). Texas finished in the cellar at 22-38.
LA Angels 2020
The Angeles finished last season ranked an impressive ninth in scoring (4.90 rpg), 13th in team batting average (.248), 12th in OPS (.763) and 10th in home runs (85). Defensively, the Halos finished 25th in team ERA (5.09), 15th in WHIP (1.32) and 19th in quality starts (15).
Oakland A’s 2020
The A’s finished last season ranked 17th in scoring (4.57 rpg), 25th in team batting average (.225), 17th in OPS (.718) and 18th in home runs (71). Defensively, Oakland finished a stellar 5th in team ERA (3.77), 10th in WHIP (1.23) and 10th in quality starts (19).
Last Time Out
The Halos beat Texas 6-2 in six innings on Wednesday. LA got a monster, 468-foot home run and two RBI in the win from Shohei Ohtani. Alex Rendon and Justin Upton both went 1-for-2. Los Angeles opened its spring training season with 5-2 win over San Francisco on Sunday. The Angeles played the White Sox to a 4-4 tie in five innings and lost to Cincinnati 7-5 on Tuesday.
The A’s lost to Colorado 10-7 on Wednesday after beating Milwaukee 2-1 and Cincinnati 13-5 in its two previous spring training contests. Matt Olson went 1-for-3 with three RBI and Pete Kozma went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Jeff Criswell gave up four earned runs in the loss. Oakland dropped its first spring training game, 11-6 against Houston.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Not only did Shohei Ohtani smack a mammoth home run the last time he took the mound, but the flame-throwing right-hander also hit triple digits on the radar gun. While the Angeles had a disappointing 2020 season (26-34) and Oakland mostly soared by going a polar opposite 36-24 to win the AL West, for this matchup, the Halos are the pick.
Shohei Ohtani is as gifted a player as any we’ve seen in recent years and the Angels seem to play a bit more confidently when he’s on the mound. I love Oakland’s chances of winning the AL pennant this coming campaign, but on Friday, the Angels are the easy pick.
Pick: LA Angels 8 Oakland A’s 3
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