Free MLB Picks: Athletics Earn High Grades With Sweep Of Angels

Doug Upstone

Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:00 PM GMT

Sunday, Jun. 26, 2016 12:00 PM GMT

The two worst teams in the AL West will complete their four-game series not to far Disneyland, and for those looking for MLB Picks, this could be riding Twilight Zone's Tower of Tear.

Both clubs have had issues all season and there is little reason to believe they will go away, with each seemingly destined for a below .500 campaign.

This used to be one of the better rivalries in the American League, but given these two status, this no longer carries any national panache.

For MLB Picks the choice is can Oakland pull off the rare four-game road sweep or can Los Angeles save face in some manner and have at least on victory? This MLB handicapper has an answer and tries to better 24-13 record.

 

Pitching Matchup - Gray vs. Santiago
To date, this has not been the kind of year Sonny Gray (3-6, 5.20 ERA, 1.49 WHIP) envisioned for himself. Normally a hurler with a 3-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio, he's barely past two-to-one. Gray has been far more hittable than any time in his career, being tagged for .279 batting average compared to .231. He's also currently on pace to surrender 24 long balls, with his previous season-high at 17. However, the right-hander is 5-3 with a 3.36 ERA against Los Angeles and hopes it does not turn into Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

Hector Santiago (4-4, 4.90, 1.30) wants to make sure Sunday's ride is like taking the Monorail, where everything is smooth and easy, compared to the up and down nature of the Matterhorn. Santiago has permitted only two runs in past two starts covering 12 1/3 innings. That is a sharp contrast to previous five starts where he was rung up for 25 runs (23 earned) in 17 innings. The left-hander has to keep the ball low, lacking over-powering fastball, but has 2.83 ERA in 10 starts against A's. (Angels 7-3 record)


 

Offensive Numbers
The Oakland offense is about as frightening as Snow White's Scary Adventures at 4.0 runs per game. The Athletics are long removed from the "Money Ball" era, ranked 12 in home runs in the junior circuit and dead last in on-base percentage. Beyond Khris Davis 18 homers and 50 rbi's, no punch in this lineup.

The team from Anaheim has the best player in baseball in Mike Trout and a bunch of role players and is like Buzz Lightyear with a cast of secondary characters. The Halos are at 4.3 RPG, but in 33 of the their 75 games played, they have plated three times or less and are very inaccordant.

 

Betting Odds, History and Bullpen Numbers
The MLB Odds at Intertops sent Oakland out as a -115 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. With last night's result, the Angels are now 13-10 at the Big A since 2014 against the A's, with the total 13-8-1 OVER. The two bullpens are ordinary in the AL based on ERA with Oakland at 3.84 and L.A.A. at 3.96, but the visitor has been more dependable when it comes to save percentage at 74.0 versus the Halos at 62.5.

 

Game Outcome
The simple fact of the matter is the Angels have not only not won a game in this series but have lost six in a row and are 11-20 when the total is 8 to 8.5 this season. Furthermore, The Angels offense is inefficient and they are 4-11 at home after scoring four runs or less in three straight games.

Though Gray is not having typical season, he and team know how to finish off series and are 12-1 on Sunday's since last year. Taking Oakland will feel like trip to Disneyland and you get money back.

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Free MLB Pick:  Athletics -110
Best Line Offered:  at Bovada

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