We have an American League West matchup tonight as the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels square off to open a four game series. The As come into this matchup having lost two of three games in their previous series to the Texas Rangers. This includes a 18-3 loss on Saturday to Texas. They will need a better showing if they want to remain competitive against Los Angeles. On the other side, the Angels come in after taking two of three games against the Kansas City Royals. Los Angeles has gone back and forth with looking dominant and doormat so this could be a big series for them. They need to pick up wins against teams like Oakland if they want any chance of remaining in the playoff hunt despite the season still being early on. Both teams are trying to figure some things out which should make for a funs series.
Date: Monday, April 24th, 2023
Time: 9:38 p.m. EST
Location: Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California
Team Records: Oakland Athletics (4-18), Los Angeles Angels (11-11)
Projected Starting Pitchers:
Ken Waldichuk (0-2, 7.65 ERA) vs Jose Suarez (0-1, 9.26 ERA)
What to Watch:
This game could showcase some offense as both pitchers have had some slow starts to the season. Oakland has struggled out of the gate but does have some pop in the lineup. If they can get to Suarez early, it would be beneficial to take him out of a comfort zone before he settles into any rhythm. If the As want to start out this series with a win, they will need their offense to show up.
As for the Angels, they need a good start from Suarez here. He has yet to go more than 4.1 innings over his first few starts so they will be relying on him. This is a team that has real power in their lineup behind their star players. If the Angels want to grab the win tonight, the stars will need to shine bright here.
Game Prediction: Los Angeles Angels 8, Oakland As 2
Give me the Angels to take this game behind a good start from Suarez. They come out hot from the jump and grab the win at home.
Odds Presented By Betfred Sportsbook
Spread – Oakland Athletics +1.5 (-115) / Los Angeles Angels -1.5 (-105)
Moneyline – Oakland Athletics +170 / Los Angeles Angels -200
Total – 9.5 – Over (-120) / Under (+100)
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