Free MLB Picks for Oakland Athletics vs. LA Angels

Jeff Grant

Monday, April 14, 2014 12:06 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Angels ability to hit the long ball will prove to be the difference Monday night, as they prepare to face the Oakland Athletics for the first time during the 2014 regular season. Let’s take a closer look at the pro baseball odds for this AL West showdown.

Off to a great start
Oakland’s pitching staff has allowed three or fewer runs in nine of its first 12 games, which has played a big part in the team’s 8-4 record heading into the third week of the season.

The Athletics have won five of their first six games on their current road trip, including a 3-0 victory as -139 favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive affair.

MLB handicappers will find that the franchise is a solid 34-27 in April since the start of the 2012 campaign.

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Powered up
Los Angeles has hit 20 home runs in its first 12 games, including five in a 14-2 blowout victory over the New York Mets as -141 home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for the sixth time in seven affairs.

It’s still important to point out that the club has dropped 13 of its past 19 games versus Oakland at this venue, while it has dropped the past four season series.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the Angels are 17-17 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 on the MLB odds board.

 

Chavez
Athletics starting pitcher Jesse Chavez (0-0, 1.38 ERA) has yet to record a victory despite allowing one earned run in each of his first two outings, while his current ERA is tied for ninth-lowest in the AL.

The right-hander earned a spot in the rotation by putting together a 5-1 record and 2.22 ERA in seven games (five starts) this spring.

In eight career relief appearances versus the Angels, Chavez has gone 1-2 with a 7.56 ERA.

 

Santiago
Angels starting pitcher Hector Santiago (0-2, 7.71 ERA) has dropped his first two outings of the season against the Seattle Mariners, as he’s surrendered eight runs and 12 hits over 9.1 combined frames.

The left-hander has compiled a dismal 0-4 record and 5.40 ERA in 16 lifetime appearances (two starts) in April, with opposing hitters batting .298 against him.

In three career games (two starts) against the Athletics, Santiago has gone 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Angels as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won four of their last five games versus right-handed starters.

MLB Pick: Los Angeles Angels -110