Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics 8/22/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/21/2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
O.co Coliseum in Oakland
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On Friday, Hector Santiago (3-7), who hasn't lost a start since May 7, will be on the mound for the Los Angeles Angels when they face second-year starter Sonny Gray (12-7) and the Oakland Athletics.
On Sunday against the Texas Rangers, Hector Santiago pitched six pretty good innings and ended up with a no decision. He allowed just one run on four base hits in that outing and walked one batter while striking out five. He now has a 3.46 ERA on the season and has only given up 80 hits in 96.1 innings of work.
Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp has one hit in three at-bats against Santiago in his career and is the only player on the A's who has hit a home run off of him. All-Star Josh Donaldson is just 1-for-8 against him with two walks and three strikeouts.
Sonny Gray lost his fourth game in a row on Saturday when he was beaten by the Atlanta Braves on the road. He pitched 5.1 innings in that game and allowed four runs on eight base hits while striking out five batters and walking one. He still has a solid 2.99 ERA on the year, but he is 0-4 with a 4.94 ERA in the month of August.
Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick has three hits in his seven plate appearances against Gray with no walks and two strikeouts.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
Los Angeles Angels are 59-60-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Los Angeles Angels is 0.7
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 61-55-9 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Oakland Athletics is 1.3
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
08/03/14 P Joe Thatcher Ankle 15-day DL (8/3)
08/01/14 P Tyler Skaggs Forearm 60-day DL (7/31), out for season
07/24/14 2B Grant Green Back 15-day DL (7/20)
05/28/14 P Sean Burnett Elbow 15-day DL (5/29), out for season
05/12/14 3B Ian Stewart Hand 15-day DL (5/11)
04/17/14 P Ryan Brasier Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Brian Moran Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
08/15/14 SS Jed Lowrie Finger 15-day DL (8/14)
08/03/14 2B Nick Punto Hamstring 15-day DL (8/3)
07/29/14 CF Craig Gentry Hand 15-day DL (7/28)
06/24/14 1B Kyle Blanks Calf 15-day DL (6/23)
04/04/14 SS Jake Elmore Quad 60-day DL (3/28)
03/30/14 P A.J. Griffin Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Fernando Rodriguez Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/20), out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Oakland
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