Take Athletics as the Betting Pick Against Angels

Jeff Grant

Thursday, August 28, 2014 2:01 PM GMT

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 2:01 PM GMT

The Oakland Athletics have been nearly unbeatable against division opponents with Sonny Gray on the hill, which gives them a major advantage against the Los Angeles Angels Thursday night.

It Doesn’t Get Bigger Than This
Oakland is a disappointing 12-13 this month, but it enters this crucial American League West series just a game behind Los Angeles, as it looks to build on a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Houston Astros as -172 road favorites Wednesday.

The Athletics are hitting an AL-low .229 in August, which is important to consider when making your MLB predictions, but they still lead the Majors with a plus-165 run differential—61 runs better than the Halos in that all-important statistical category.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 36-29 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125.


The Best All-Around Player in Baseball
Los Angeles outfielder Mike Trout become fifth player in MLB history with two 30-homer seasons by their age-22 campaigns last night, which ultimately helped the team pick up a 6-1 victory over the Miami Marlins as -150 home favorites.

Trout is 9 for 24 with three home runs and five RBIs over his last six contests, which can’t be ignored when looking over the MLB odds, considering he also leads all players in extra-base hits and total bases during the 2014 campaign.

MLB handicappers will find that the squad is 4-3 as home underdogs of +100 to +125 this season.


Gray
Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray (13-7, 3.00 ERA) snapped a personal four-game losing streak last time out, as he allowed three runs and six hits over 8.1 innings of work in a 5-3 home win over the Angels.

The right-hander is a dominating 9-1 with a 2.14 ERA versus division opponents this season, which happens to be far better than his 4-6 mark and 3.61 ERA against everyone else.

In four career appearances (three starts) versus Los Angeles, Gray has produced a 2-0 record and 2.74 ERA.


Wilson
Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (10-8, 4.45 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision of a 2-1 road defeat to the Athletics last Saturday—surrendering a single run and five hits over 6.1 frames.

The left-hander is 7-2 with a 4.11 ERA in 12 home games, with opposing hitters batting .256 against him (.260 on the road).

In 47 lifetime appearances (18 starts) versus Oakland, Wilson has compiled an 11-7 record and 3.24 ERA.


Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Athletics as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve captured 11 of Gray’s last 12 efforts versus division rivals, while Wilson’s 1.41 WHIP is a concern in what figures to be a tight ballgame.  

MLB Pick:  Oakland Athletics

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