The Oakland Athletics will go for the sweep this afternoon as they battle the Los Angeles Angels at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland. Start time in today’s series finale, which features hurlers C.J. Wilson and Tommy Milone, is set for 3:35pm ET. The latest MLB Odds have the Athletics listed as a -116 moneyline favorite ($116 wins $100) and the Over/Under set at 8.5 runs (Under favored at -115 odds). The Angels are drawing +106 odds to avoid the sweep.
The Angels have produced plenty of offense in this series thus far, scoring eight and six runs in games one and two, but it was not enough. Oakland cranked out 10 runs in each of those outings to extend its current winning streak to three games.
Los Angeles, which has dropped four in a row and six of its last seven games, will attempt to avoid another Athletics outburst by sending veteran left C.J. Wilson to the hill. Wilson, a 32 year old southpaw, owns a 2-0 record in five starts; however, his ERA and WHIP are both uninspiring at 4.30 and 1.53 respectively.
Wilson has also had an issue working late into games. The former Ranger has not pitched more than six innings in a game this season, which means the Angels suspect bullpen (ranks 21st in the majors with a 4.26 ERA) could become a factor this afternoon.
Oakland will counter Wilson with its own left-hander in 26 year old Tommy Milone. Milone is 3-2 in five starts with a 3.38 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, but his numbers are even better at the O.co Coliseum. In three home appearances this season Milone has allowed just four earned runs and struck out 15 in 20.2 innings of work.
The Athletics have won eight of the last nine meetings between these two AL West rivals
and Milone is 3-1 in four career starts opposite the Angels.
Notable Trends: The A’s are 8-2 in their last 10 games as a home favorite with a moneyline spread between 100 and 120 versus a left handed pitcher (Under was 8-2 in those 10 games).
Los Angeles Angels vs Oakland Athletics MLB Odds, Start Time
Los Angeles Angels +1.5 (-200), Over 8.5 (-105), +106 (Moneyline)
Oakland Athletics -1.5 (+170), Under 8.5 (-115), -116 (Moneyline)
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