Los Angeles Angels vs Oakland Athletics - Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- The eyes of the baseball world will be on Angels’ starter Shohei Ohtani
- Mike Fiers makes first start after calling out Houston Astros in offseason
- Mike Trout aims to make first impact of 2020
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Angels vs Athletics Odds
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|Team||Run spread||Total||Money Line|
|Los Angeles Angels||-1.5 (+123)||O 9 (EVEN)||-132|
|Oakland Athletics||+1.5 (-143)||U 9 (-121)||+117|
Angels vs Athletics Predictions and Picks
Ohtani won’t get a chance to go too deep in this one and Mike Fiers doesn’t fare well against the Angels in his career. We like both the over and the Athletics money line.
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How to Watch Angels vs Athletics
|What||Los Angeles Angels at the Oakland Athletics|
|Where||RingCentral Colesium, Oakland, CA|
|When||Sunday, July 26, 2020, 4:10 PM EST|
|How to Watch||MLB Network|
Angels vs Athletics Preview
There are storylines galore in the pitching matchup alone in Sunday’s contest between the Angels and the Athletics.
First, the main story is Shohei Ohtani. The Angels’ two-way superstar was just one-third of the way through his rookie season in 2018 when he went down with injury – a Grade 2 sprain in his ulnar collateral ligament in June that shelved him for the rest of the season and forced him to get Tommy John surgery later that fall.
After serving exclusively as a designated hitter in 2019, Ohtani is back and will pitch in his first major league game in more than two years. He was as advertised in his first 10 career starts, going 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 63 strikeouts in 51.2 innings of work.
Ohtani didn’t let his injury stop him from being a productive hitter in 2019, finishing with a .286 batting average, .343 on-base percentage and .848 OPS with 18 home runs and 62 RBI.
Taking the mound on the other side, Mike Fiers takes the mound for the first time since whistle blowing the Houston Astros for their 2017 sign stealing scandal. Fiers had one of the better seasons of his career, throwing a career-high 184.2 innings, finishing with a career-best record (15-4) and WHIP (1.19).
Angels fans are going to be used to seeing Shohei Ohtani pitch on Sunday’s because that will be his designated day for the regular season in 2020.
New Angels manager Joe Maddon says he wants to work Ohtani in just once a week as opposed to once every five days like usual. Los Angeles plans to give him off days from hitting before and after his starts in order to focus on pitching.
Sunday was selected because three of the Angels’ six off days will be on Monday’s, so he won’t have to miss a game and the Angels can keep his bat in the lineup as much as possible.
Slow Start in Oakland
A number of key players for Oakland have gotten off to slow starts. Matt Chapman, Marcus Semien and Khris Davis are a combined 2-for-24 through two games.
In fact, the only player on the roster currently hitting better than .250 is Ramon Laureano (4-for-7). It’s extremely early in the season, so this is of course going to change, but it’s something to take note of the day before facing a pitcher with the natural stuff of Ohtani.
Mike Trout Is Due
Mike Trout is 1-for-7. Mike Trout is the best player in baseball. Mike Trout is due for a big day. It doesn’t always happen that way, but rarely does Trout go three days in a row without making some sort of impact.
His longest stretch without a either scoring or driving in a run in the entirety of the 2019 season was three games and that only happened twice – odds are that won’t happen in the first three games to open this season. Keep in mind, Trout has taken Fiers deep four times in his career and has a .345 batting average against him.
The Angels are 18-38 in their last 56 road games, 16-35 in their last 51 against a right-handed starter, and 8-19 in their last 27 games when the O/U is set between 9-10.5. The over is 4-1 in the Angels last five road games and the over is 5-2 in their last seven road games. Meanwhile, the Athletics are 43-18 in their last 61 games with the total set at 9.0-10.5 and three of the last four times the Angels faced off against Mike Fiers, the total went over.
Ohtani is someone to fear as a pitcher, but Joe Maddon hasn’t let his starters pitch counts get elevated early on – just 67 and 90 pitches respectively for his starters the past two games. He will be even more cautious with Showtime. Plus, with his bat out of the lineup, the Angels pack a less offensive punch. They’re also still missing key offseason acquisition, Anthony Rendon.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.