Game Time: 4:07 pm ET, Sunday, September 19, 2021
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
Where to Watch: BSW
Opening MLB Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Moneyline odds: Athletics -135, Angels +115; Over/Under: 8 runs
Bet365: Moneyline odds: Athletics -140, Angels +120; Over/Under: 8 runs
BetMGM: Moneyline odds: Athletics -130, Angels +105; Over/Under: 8 runs
Oakland Athletics: 80-67 (2nd place, AL West)
Los Angeles Angels: 72-75 (4th place AL West)
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Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels Preview and Analysis
Oakland Athletics: 6-4 last 10
Los Angeles Angels: 4-6 last 10
Oakland Athletics Analysis
The A's are coming into this game after winning their series opener against the Halos on Friday night. They are now on a 3 game winning streak with Saturday's game of this three-game series still to be played, the result is pending. They had lost their series against the Texas Rangers just over a week ago but have now bounced back winning their series against the Kansas City Royals. Daulton Jefferies will be getting the nod in Saturday's game while Frankie Montas will be the starting pitcher on the mound for them in this game on Sunday. He is 12-9 with a 3.72 ERA this season. He has been credited with 3 straight wins and the team has won 3 of their last 4 games with him as the starter. In his last start, he allowed 4 ER, 1 of them being a HR, and 2 BB with 4 Ks on 8 hits through 3.1 IP against the Royals last Tuesday. He has faced the Angels lineup 3 times this season and is 2-1 against them allowing 6 total runs against them across those 3 games. The Athletics' offense has scored 31 runs in their last 4 games averaging just under 8 runs scored per game in that span. They have allowed their opponents to score 26 runs against them in that same span allowing over 6 runs per game.
Los Angeles Angels Analysis
The Angels lost their series opener on Friday against the A's with game 2 of the series on Saturday yet to be played, the result still pending. That loss snapped a little 2 game run they were on and they have now lost 3 of their last 5 games. Jose Suarez is the starter for Saturday's game while Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to throw the first pitch for them in this game on Sunday. He is 9-2 with a 3.36 ERA this season. The team has actually lost 2 of their last 3 games when he was the starter. In his last start, he allowed 6 ER and 0 BB with 1 strikeout on 9 hits through 3.1 innings of work against the Houston Astros last Friday. He also hit a batter with a pitch in that game. He has faced the A's lineup twice this season and is 0-1 against them with 1 no-decision, his team went on to lose both games. The Angels offense has score 19 runs in their last 4 games averaging almost 5 runs scored per game in that span. They have also allowed their opponents to score 19 runs against them in that span allowing just under 5 runs per game.
Athletics vs Angels Prediction
The Angels can only play spoiler in this game as they are already out of playoff contention. The A's are sitting just 2.5 games out of a wildcard spot behind the Toronto Blue Jays with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees holding up both spots right now. The Seattle Mariners are also right behind the A's in the standings. The pressure is on them to keep winning until the season ends and they have looked like the better team in their recent games. Ohtani struggled in his last start and has been dealing with some arm soreness recently. Bets should be on the A's here to win the game as they keep their playoff hopes alive here.
Athletics Angels Prediction: Our MLB Pick for Sunday, September 19, 2021 (4:07 pm ET start time) is Athletics 5 Angels 1.
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MLB Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics: 43-26 (+10.8 units) on the moneyline when the money line is -100 to -150.
Los Angeles Angels: 22-35 (-12.8 units) on the moneyline when the total is 8 to 8.5.
Oakland Athletics: M. Fiers (SP) Late Sept - Elbow injury. M. Moreland (1B) out for season - Wrist injury. E. Andrus (SS) Ques Sat - Shin injury.
Los Angeles Angels: A. Warren (RP) Late Sept - Undisclosed injury. M. Trout (CF )out for season - Calf injury. J. Guerra (RP) Out indefinitely - Hamstring injury.
Players to Watch
Oakland Athletics: Starling Marte is one player to watch in this game. He leads his team in batting average and in stolen bases. He will need to get into scoring position in this game to give his team a chance at the postseason by helping them win in every game for the rest of the season.
Los Angeles Angels: Shohei Ohtani is one player to watch in this game. He leads his team in home runs, RBI, stolen bases, and he also has the most wins as a starting pitcher on his team. He is the starting pitcher in this game so look for him to bounce back off a bad previous start. Also look for him to put up some offense in this game as he is the frontrunner for the MVP award.
"You have to win. We can't really dissect it too much. It's too late in the season for that. The pressure is on now. We've got to win every game from here on out, or at least that's the attitude." - Matt Chapman on his team’s mentality until the end of the regular season.
"As soon as I threw the first pitch, the nerves went away. I reached my life goal, and now it's time to maintain. I feel like this year has gone really well for me. I've advanced a lot of levels this year." - Jhonathan Diaz on making his MLB debut on Friday.
J. Harrison 3B
S. Marte CF
M. Olson 1B
M. Canha LF
C. Pinder RF
M. Chapman 3B
Y. Gomes C
K. Davis DH
T. Kemp 2B
Los Angeles Angels
B. Marsh CF
D. Fletcher 2B
S. Ohtani DH
P. Gosselin LF
J. Walsh 1B
K. Suzuki C
L. Rengifo SS
J. Mayfield 3B
J. Lagares RF
Batting Average: S. Marte (.317)
Hits: M. Olson (142)
Home Runs: M. Olson (35)
RBI: M. Olson (102)
Stolen Bases: S. Marte (45)
Wins: C. Bassitt (12)
Saves: L. Trivino (21)
ERA: A. Chafin (1.86)
Los Angeles Angels
Batting Average: Mike Trout (.333)
Hits: D. Fletcher (158)
Home Runs: S. Ohtani (44)
RBI: S. Ohtani (94)
Stolen Bases: S. Ohtani (23)
Wins: S. Ohtani (9)
Saves: R. Iglesias (32)
ERA: A. Warren (1.69)
Oakland Athletics: Bob Melvin (11th season)
Los Angeles Angels: Joe Maddon (2nd season)
77 degrees F sunny, 59% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 6 mph wind speeds NE.