August 24, 2014

MLB Pick: Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics

Matchup:Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics

Date/Time: August 24th, 8:00 PM ET

Television: ESPN

MLB Betting Odds from GTBets Sportsbook

Probable Starters: Weaver (Los Angeles) vs. Kazmir (Oakland)

Moneyline: Oakland -145

Total: 7

An American League West battle will be featured in Major League Baseball betting action when the Los Angeles Angels travel to face the Oakland Athletics Sunday night at 8:00 ET on ESPN at O. Co Coliseum. This will be the rubber match of a three game series with the A’s taking the first two contests in their home park.

The Angels caught a bad break in the eighth inning Saturday night as relief pitcher Joe Smith’s pitch skipped past catcher Chris Iannetta that allowed the Athletics to score what proved to be the winning run in a 2-1 defeat. Shortstop Erick Aybar and second baseman Howie Kendrick were the only hitters in Anaheim’s lineup to register two hits as Aybar had the lone RBI when he knocked in Kendrick in the seventh. Pitcher C.J. Wilson had a strong start going 6.1 innings allowing one run on five hits as he received a no decision. The Angels will send right hander Jared Weaver to the mound on Sunday as he comes in with a 13-7 record and a 3.70 ERA this season. Weaver got the 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox in his last start as he allowed three runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings of work. Just as was the case on Saturday the ‘under’ has cashed in eight of the Angels L/10 games and will be a likely winner once again in this pitching duel.

The Athletics have now tied themselves with the Angels at the top of the AL West standings and we will have a leader after this contest. These two wins over Los Angeles have gotten Oakland out of a slump in which it had dropped six of its L/8 games. The A’s were fortunate to get the win on Saturday as pitcher Jon Lester had the only outstanding performance as he lasted 7.0 innings giving up just one run on five hits. Another lefty awaits the Angels as Scott Kazmir will head to the hill for the Athletics in this critical match-up. Kazmir is 14-5 with a 2.73 ERA this season as he continues to have one of the best years of his career. He was great in his last outing as he allowed one run on four hits and struck out six in a 6-2 win against the New York Mets. Oakland has been incredibly tough to beat at home as it is 37-14 in its L/51 played at O. Co. Coliseum.

The Angels must get at least one game in this series and with Weaver on the bump this may be their best chance to get out with a win. The subtraction of outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has really put a damper on the A’s offensively and that is why we favor the low scoring pitcher’s duel much like we saw in Saturday’s contest. We like Los Angeles to pull out a late victory behind a solid outing from Weaver and some timely hitting from one of the league’s most deadly lineups.

Los Angeles Angels @ Oakland Athletics Pick: Los Angeles Angels +140

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Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.

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