A battle of long-time rivals is set to take place on Tuesday afternoon in the Bay Area. The Oakland Athletics welcome the Los Angeles Angels to town for an afternoon, getaway tilt with ramifications for the AL West. The matchup is the second and final tilt of a quick series in Oakland. Jose Suarez is the scheduled starting pitcher for Los Angeles, with James Kaprielian in that slot for Oakland.
First pitch is at 3:37 p.m. ET in Oakland. The latest Angels vs. Athletics odds from William Hill Sportsbook list Oakland as the -157 favorite (risk $157 to win $100) on the money line. The over-under for total runs is down to 8.5 after opening at nine. Before finalizing any Athletics vs. Angels picks, check out the latest MLB predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Angels vs. Athletics money line: Athletics -157, Angels +147
- Angels vs. Athletics over-under: 8.5 runs
- Angels vs. Athletics run line: Athletics -1.5 (+130)
- LAA: Lost three out of four since the All-Star break
- OAK: 8-3 record against the Angels this year, returning +323 on the money line in those games
Why you should back the Angels
The Angels have done damage against right-handed pitching this season, including a wRC+ of 105 that illustrates an above-average level of overall production. Led by Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles also enters the series with the No. 3 mark in the American League in home runs (127) and its .443 slugging percentage is No. 2 in the league. The Angels don't fully rely on the long ball either, with Los Angeles ranking No. 2 in the AL with 173 doubles.
Moreover, Suarez has been very effective on the mound this season, even in a relatively small sample. The 23-year-old has a 2.29 ERA across 35.1 innings and 11 appearances. While Suarez has made only two starts, he has also been incredible away from home, posting a 1.80 ERA in 25.0 innings. That extends to effectiveness against Oakland, with 5.2 innings of shutout baseball already on his ledger during the 2021 season.
Why you should back the Athletics
Oakland is a potent offensive team, but the Athletics can also bank on strong starting pitching in this matchup. Kaprielian is enjoying a tremendous season, posting a highly-effective 2.90 ERA across 11 starts. The right-hander has 66 strikeouts against only 24 walks, and Kaprielian has been lights-out at home. Oakland is known as a pitcher-friendly environment and, in four home starts, Kaprielian has backed that up. He has allowed only four earned runs across 26 innings, producing a 1.38 ERA.
From there, Kaprielian's earned run average is more than a full run better during the day (2.41) as it is in night games (3.49), and the Angels are last in the American League in drawing walks this season. With strong pitching and an offense that ranks solidly above the median (including 118 home runs before this series began), the A's project in a positive way for Tuesday's series finale.
How to make Athletics vs. Angels picks
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