A's vs Angels Picks and Predictions: Frankie Says Relax

The A's snapped a four-game losing streak the last time out and will have a good chance at consecutive wins, as they send the hot Frankie Montas to the mound. Can L.A. slow Montas' momentum? Check out our A's vs. Angels picks and predictions.

Posted: Jul 29, 2021 1:49 PM ET Updated: Jul 29, 2021 1:49 PM ET Est Time: 4 min
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The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels begin a four-game set in Anaheim on Thursday.

MLB betting lines have the A's installed as -133 road favorites for the first contest in this series as they look to make a playoff push in the second half of the season.

Here are our best free A's vs. Angels picks and predictions for Thursday, July 29, with the opening pitch scheduled for 9:38 p.m. ET. 

A's vs Angels game info

Location: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021
Time: 9:38 p.m. ET
TV: Bally Sports West, NBCSCA

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Starting pitchers

Frankie Montas (8-8, 4.34 ERA): Montas has been up-and-down this season, pitching to a 1.28 WHIP with an opponent batting average of .255 in 20 starts. The right-hander is coming off a game against the Mariners where he allowed three runs in six innings. 

Dylan Bundy (1-7, 6.69 ERA): Bundy has struggled this season pitching to a 1.41 WHIP with an opponent batting average of .274 through 70 innings. Bundy's last four appearances have come out of the bullpen and in his last start, back on June 28, he allowed two runs before getting the hook midway through the second inning after getting sick on the mound. 

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Key injuries

A's: Chad Pinder 2B (Out).
Angels: Jared Walsh 1B (Out), Anthony Rendon 3B (Out), Mike Trout CF (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Athletics are 35-17 in the last 52 meetings between these NL West foes. Find more MLB betting trends for A's vs. Angels.

Moneyline pick

The A's are fresh off a 10-4 win against the Padres, which allowed them to snap a four-game losing streak. They are 57-46 and trail the Astros by six games in the NL West while lagging 3.5 games behind the Rays in the AL Wild Card race. 

The Angels have won four of their last five games to improve their record to 51-50. The Angels are led by Shohei Ohtani who not only leads the majors in home runs but has also been the Halos' best pitcher. Unfortunately, the rest of their rotation has been trash and they'll be sending Dylan Bundy and his 6.69 ERA to the mound tonight. 

Oakland will give the ball to right-hander Frankie Montas and while he's been a bit inconsistent this season, he's looked sharp lately, pitching to a 2.29 ERA with a 1.06 WHIP in his last five starts. 

The Angels have generally been the better hitting team this season but injuries to three-time AL MVP Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and most recently Jared Walsh, have to hurt. 

With the A's winning the last five games between these sides this year, back them again tonight. 

PREDICTION: ML Oakland (-133)

Over/Under pick

The A's have cashed the Under in each of Montas' previous four starts and the right-hander has pitched very well against the Angels this season, allowing two runs and striking out 15 batters in 12 2-3 innings. 

That said, the A's have been struggling at the plate lately. They are just 29th in the majors with an OPS of .682 while plating just 3.95 runs per game over the last 30 days. 

The Under has gone 7-1 in the A's last eight games as a favorite while going 9-1-1 in the Angels' previous 11 contests as an underdog. Take the Under.

PREDICTION: Under 9 (-105)

A's vs Angels betting card

  • ML Oakland (-133)
  • Under 9 (-105)

Picks made on 7/29/2021 at 2:15 p.m. ET

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