Valuable Run-Line Pick for Angels vs. Athletics Today

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:27 PM GMT

Our MLB betting odds guru Ross Benjamin will examine today’s game between the Angels vs. Athletics. Read this informative article which is concluded by a MLB free pick.

Matinee Affair in the AL West
The A’s will host the Angels in Oakland this afternoon with the opening pitch slated for 3:35 PM ET. According to MLB odds, the A’s are a -190 money line home favorite, and the posted total is 7.5. Entering last night’s game, Oakland was 6-1 at home versus the Angels this season. These teams have seen just 10 of their last 41-meetings go under the betting total. Gerry Davis is scheduled to be the home plate umpire today. The home teams have gone 37-14 in the last 51-games that Davis was calling balls and strikes.

 

Starting Pitchers
The Angels southpaw Hector Santiago will make the start in the finale of this 3-game series. I’ve seen slow-pitch softball pitchers that have been in better form than Santiago has displayed over his last 4-starts. During that time, the Angels hurler compiled a monster 9.69 ERA, a horrible 2.61 WHIP, and allowed 4 home runs in just 13.0 innings of work. He’s gone 1-2 against the money versus the A’s in 2014 with a stellar 2.00 ERA.

The A’s will turn to a southpaw of their own as John Lester will take the mound this afternoon. He’s seen 5 of his last 6-starts go under the total while posting an excellent 1.71 ERA. Lester has started 13 day games this season, and was superb in those outings by posting a 2.20 ERA. The veteran Oakland hurler has also seen 13 of his 16-starts at home in 2014 go under the total, posting a terrific 1.83 ERA, and a better than 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

 

Final Analysis
The Angels are looking to get to the postseason unscathed in terms of injuries. They don’t figure to take many risks with their top players during the last 5-days of the regular season. It’s worth noting, the Angels have gone a terrific 58-28 (.674) over their last 86-games.

The Oakland A’s main focus at this juncture is finishing atop the wild card standings in the American League. By doing so, that would assure them of home field advantage in the 1-game playoff, and the winner would advance to the best-of-5 ALDS. Considering they’ve gone a very good 48-31 (.608) at home in 2014, that certainly would give them a better than average chance to move on. Following today’s game, the A’s will finish the regular season with a 4-game series on the road at Texas. The Rangers currently have the worst record in the American League at 63-93, including a horrible 29-46 at home.

Free MLB Pick: A’s -1.5 over the Angels on the run-line at Pinnacle Sports

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