MLB Picks: Angels vs. Athletics 1st 5 Innings Odds Analysis

Jeff Grant

Friday, July 26, 2013 12:12 PM GMT

Friday, Jul. 26, 2013 12:12 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics are both struggling offensively, as the two teams prepare to meet Thursday.


Read today's Daily MLB Betting Lines & Odds Report for our baseball game breakdown!

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League West matchup at the O.co Coliseum, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET.

A long road ahead

Los Angeles is currently 11 games back of Oakland in the AL West division standings, as it hits the road after a 3-3 home stand, which included a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins as -235 favorites Wednesday.

The Angels are 8-10 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the 'Over' going 10-8 in that situation.

Dominant at home

Oakland has gone 20-5 at home since May 17, which is the best record of its kind in baseball over that span, as it returns to the Bay Area after splitting a six-game road trip.

The Athletics are 10-6 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 this season, with the 'Under' cashing in 12 of those 16 opportunities.

Check out today's Daily Pitching Report for our analysis of the day's pitching picks!

Wilson

Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (10-6, 3.15 ERA) is 2-1 with a 0.82 ERA in three starts this month, which includes a 2-0 home victory over the Athletics last time out, as he allowed three hits over 8.1 shutout frames.

The left-hander is 5-3 with a 4.25 ERA in 10 road outings, with opposing hitters batting .266 against him.

In 44 career games (15 starts) versus Oakland, Wilson has compiled a 9-7 record and 3.41 ERA, including a 4-3 mark and 2.98 ERA in 20 appearances at this ballpark.

Straily

Athletics starting pitcher Dan Straily (6-3, 4.14 ERA) ended up on the losing end versus Wilson last time out, as he allowed two runs and eight hits over seven frames.

The left-hander is 3-1 with a 3.63 ERA in six home outings in 2013, with opposing hitters batting just .200 against him.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Angels in the first five innings for their Thursday MLB picks, as they’ve gone 13-6 in their last 19 games versus right-handed starters.

MLB Pick: Los Angeles Angels -105 in the 1st 5 Innings at Ladbrokes

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