Game Time: 9:07 pm ET, Saturday, September 18, 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: 10 runs
Bet365: Moneyline odds: NL; Over/Under NL runs
BetMGM: Moneyline odds: NL; Over/Under NL runs
Oakland Athletics: 79-67 (2nd place, AL West)
Los Angeles Angels: 72-74 (4th place AL West)
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Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels Preview and Analysis
Oakland Athletics: 5-5 last 10
Los Angeles Angels: 4-6 last 10
Oakland Athletics Analysis
The Oakland Athletics are coming into this game after winning their last 2 straight. This will be the 2nd game of a three-game series against the Angels with the series opener being on Friday, the result is still pending. They just won their series against the Kansas City Royals after losing their series before that one to the Texas Rangers. Cole Irvin will be getting the nod for Friday's game while Daulton Jefferies will be the starting pitcher on the mound in this game on Saturday. He is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA this season. He has started in just 1 game this season and was credited with the win. He has also made a relief appearance in 4 different games for the A's and they went on to lose all of those games with no-decision on him in any of them. The game he started was back in August against these same LA Angels. In that game, he allowed 3 ER, 1 of them being a HR, and 3 BB with 3 Ks on 3 hits through 5 IP. That was the only time he has faced this lineup this season. The A's offense scored 26 runs in their last 3 games averaging over 8 runs scored per game in that span. They also allowed their opponents to score 22 runs against them in that same span averaging over 7 runs allowed per game.
Los Angeles Angels Analysis
The L.A. Angels are coming into this game after winning their last 2 games, with Friday's result pending. They won their last series against the Chicago White Sox but lost the series they played before that against the Houston Astros. The Angels do not have a scheduled starter in the rotation for Friday's game but it will be Jose Suarez who is getting the start in this game on Saturday. He is 7-7 with a 3.59 ERA this season. The team has won their last 3 games when he has started and he was credited with 2 of those wins while the other was a no-decision. In his last outing, he had some great accuracy as he allowed 1 ER and 3 BB with 7 strikeouts on 3 hits through 5.2 innings of work against the Houston Astros last Saturday. He has seen this A's lineup 3 times this season. He has only started once and was credited with the loss allowing 4 runs scored against him in that game. The other 2 times were relief appearances where the team lost 1 and won 1, he was credited with that win. The Halos have scored 15 total runs in their last 3 games averaging 5 runs scored per game in that span. They have allowed 14 runs scored against them in that same span allowing just under 5 runs per game.
Athletics vs Angels Prediction
The A's are sitting just 3 games out of a wildcard position right now. Every game until the end of the season is a must win for them. They are just 3 games back of the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays in the playoff spots and also have the New York Yankees 2.5 games ahead of them they will need to pass. The only thing the Angels can do until the season is over is play spoiler. The A's have been playing better than the Angels recently and they also have a slight advantage with the pitching matchup. The best bet to place in this game would be on the A's to win as they look to climb the standings and have a run at the postseason. That is our free pick on this game.
Athletics Angels Prediction: Our MLB Pick for Saturday, September 18, 2021 (9:07 pm ET start time) is Athletics 5 Angels 3.
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MLB Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics: 41-26 (+8.8 units) on the money line when the money line is -100 to -150. 39-33 (+3.1 units) on the money line in road games.
Los Angeles Angels: 24-23 (-4.5 units) on the money line when the money line is -100 to -150. 59-50 (+10.7 units) on the money line when the total is 8.5 to 10.
Oakland Athletics: M. Chapman (3B) Ques Fri - Shin injury. M. Fiers (SP) Late Sept - Elbow injury. M. Moreland (1B) out for season - Wrist injury.
Los Angeles Angels: A. Warren (RP) Late Sept - Undisclosed injury. S. Ohtani (SP) Out Fri - Arm injury. M. Trout (CF )out for season - Calf injury.
Players to Watch
Oakland Athletics: Matt Olson is one player on this current roster to watch in this one. He leads his team in hits, home runs, and in RBI. He has a very high hit rate and will be looking to help get his team to the postseason and possibly even to the World Series. He is one of the best batters on his team so look for him to make an impact here.
Los Angeles Angels: Shohei Ohtani is one player on this full list to watch in this game. He leads his team in home runs, RBI, and stolen bases and has been slugging the ball at an incredible rate. Watch for him to whip some balls into the stands here as they look to spoil the Athletics’ playoff hopes.
"We'll draw some walks. Obviously there were some wild pitches that moved some runners up. We got big hits when we needed to. When you put a crooked number up, it has an emotional effect on the other side." - Bob Melvin after their 7-2 win against the Royals.
"I didn't think I was going to work that deep into the game. I thought it would be a challenge but was able to pound the zone for the most part." - Alex Cobb on his performance in their last win.
J. Harrison 3B
S. Marte CF
M. Olson 1B
M. Canha LF
K. Davis DH
C. Pinder RF
S. Murphy C
E. Andrus SS
T. Kemp 2B
Los Angeles Angels
B. Marsh CF
D. Fletcher 2B
S. Ohtani DH
M. Stassi C
J. Walsh 1B
L. Rengifo SS
J. Mayfield 3B
J. Rojas RF
K. Wong LF
Batting Average: S. Marte (.321)
Hits: M. Olson (140)
Home Runs: M. Olson (35)
RBI: M. Olson (101)
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 (156)
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)
69 degrees F sunny, 63% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 7 mph wind speeds NE.