Preview: Angels at Athletics

Current Conditions - Oakland
CLOUDY 65 °F
Wind: W 8
5-Day Forecast
GAME: Los Angeles Angels (96-60) at Oakland Athletics (85-70)
DATE/TIME: Monday, September 22 - 10:05 PM EST
WHERE: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
LINE: 131, -142 TOTAL: 7


The last time the Oakland Athletics began a series against the Los Angeles Angels, they were within one game of each other atop the American League West. When the Athletics host the Angels in the opener of a three-game series on Monday, they will be 10 1/2 games back in a division Los Angeles has already clinched. Stumbling Oakland won two of three over the weekend and sits atop the AL wild-card race.

The Angels, who took two of three in each of their last two series against the Athletics, are getting veterans as much rest as possible over the final week while trying to secure homefield advantage throughout the postseason. Los Angeles leads the Baltimore Orioles by 2 1/2 games for the best record in the league and will have a large hand in the wild card race with series against Oakland and Seattle to finish out the regular season. The Athletics are two games ahead of the third-place Mariners in the wild-card race, with the Kansas City Royals a half-game out of the top spot.

TV: 10:05 p.m. ET, FSN West (Los Angeles), CSN California (Oakland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels LH C.J. Wilson (13-9, 4.42 ERA) vs. Athletics RH Jeff Samardzija (6-12, 2.98)

Wilson is riding a three-start winning streak and put together the best of the bunch last time out, when he held Seattle to one hit in seven scoreless innings while striking out seven. The veteran is tuning up for the postseason and has allowed three or fewer earned runs in seven of his last eight outings. Wilson was sharp at Oakland on Aug. 23, surrendering one runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings without factoring in the decision.

Samardzija has not allowed a run in 15 innings over his last two starts but was held out of the decision in both due to stagnant offense and a shaky bullpen. The Notre Dame product struck out 10 and did not walk a batter in eight scoreless innings against Texas on Wednesday before the bullpen gave up six runs in the ninth to blow the game. Samardzija allowed one earned run and struck out nine in eight innings at Los Angeles on Aug. 30 but suffered the loss in a 2-0 final.

WALK-OFFS


1. Angels 2B Howie Kendrick was pulled from Sunday’s game with hamstring tightness and is day-to-day.

2. Oakland SS Jed Lowrie (left foot contusion) left Sunday’s game.

3. Los Angeles OF Josh Hamilton (ribs) has missed 16 of the last 17 games but received a cortisone injection over the weekend and is expected to play in the final week.

PREDICTION:
Angels 3, Athletics 1

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
LA Angels 96-60 L1 52-29 44-31 19-14 24-9 41-29 12-8
Oakland 85-70 W1 47-31 38-39 20-12 17-17 35-34 13-7

Last Meeting

LA Angels Oakland
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/31/14 OAK 1 LAA 8 .250 2 .771 .182 0 .388

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LAA E. Aybar .349 22 .760
OAK J. Donaldson .295 18 .850
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LAA M. Trout 5 10 12
OAK J. Donaldson 3 8 9
Pitching ERA Avg K
LAA 3.78 .244 125
OAK 3.49 .241 113
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LAA H. Kendrick .292 175 .742
OAK J. Donaldson .255 149 .797
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LAA M. Trout 35 112 109
OAK J. Donaldson 28 89 97
Pitching ERA Avg K
LAA 3.59 .261 1302
OAK 3.27 .244 1189

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -155 145
-120
7
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports -145 125
-120
7
Sportsbook -145 125
-120
7
5Dimes.eu
-140
135
-110
7
GTBets.eu -142 132
-115
7
Top Bet -150 135
-120
7
BetOnline.ag -142 132
-115
7
BetDSI -150 130
-120
7
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
Belmont -145 125
-120
7
BookMaker.eu -150 130
-120
7
Vegas Odds
Westgate -147
137
-105
7
Mirage OFF OFF OFF
Station OFF OFF OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

LA Angels Overall Oakland
96-60 W/L 85-70
82-74 RL W/L 74-81
77-74-5 O/U 74-73-8
4.85 Runs For 4.53
3.90 Runs Against 3.56
LA Angels A/H Oakland
44-31 W/L 47-31
44-31 RL W/L 36-42
42-33-0 O/U 40-37-1
5.27 Runs For 4.67
3.97 Runs Against 3.47