Pick A's Run Line Over Angels as they Vie for Home Advantage

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 12:33 PM GMT

Our resident MLB handicapping guru examines the AL West confrontation between the A’s/Angels on Monday night. Read this informative MLB betting article that includes a free pick in this contest.

Division Winner out to be a Spoiler
The A’s will host the Angels on Tuesday in Oakland with the first pitch slated for 10:05 PM ET. According to MLB odds, the A’s are a -190 money line favorite, and the posted total is 7.5. The A’s are -1.5 (+105) on the run-line, and the Angles are +1.5 (-125). These teams have seen 5 of their 6 meetings played in Oakland this season go over the total. These teams have split the 16-games played against each other in 2014. However, the A’s have won 5 of the 6-games played in Oakland.

 

The Starting Pitchers
The Angels will go with southpaw Wade Leblanc who started 22-games at AAA Salt City this season. He’s appeared in 8-games during the 2014 campaign for the Angels which includes 2-starts. His last start was on 9/18/2014 in a 3-1 loss versus Seattle. In that outing he went 5 1/3 innings, allowed 0 earned runs, and 3-hits. Leblanc has posted a 3.60 ERA in 21 1/3 innings of work. Leblanc has gone 0-9 in his last 9, and 1-13 in his last 14-starts against the money at the big league level.

The A’s will turn to their right-handed young pitcher Sonny Gray for tonight’s game. Gray started the season by going 15-6 against the money in his first 21-starts, since then he’s gone a dismal 2-8 in his last 10.  He’s also seen 3 of his last 4 go over the total while posting a lofty 5.04 ERA. In 2-starts at home versus the Angels in 2014, Gray posted a 3.60 ERA, and both of those games went over the total.

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Final Analysis
For the lack of a better description, the Angels starter Wade Leblanc is being used as a punching bag, and it’s a sure indicator that the Angels are playing out the string. Sonny Gray has struggled to win over the past 2-months, but he won’t be facing a stacked lineup tonight since the Angels already clinched the division, and their main priority right now is to get to the postseason healthy. Contrarily the A’s have a lot to play for, with their main goal to have home field advantage in the 1-game American League Wild Card game.

Free MLB Pick: A’s -1.5 (+105) over the Angels on the run-line at 5Dimes

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