Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics 9/24/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 9/23/2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
O.co Coliseum in Oakland
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Wednesday afternoon, Hector Santiago (5 – 9, 3.98 ERA) gets the call for the Los Angeles Angels as they do battle against Jon Lester (16 – 10, 2.41 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics. Santiago makes his 24th start and 29th appearance as Lester makes his 32nd start.
Hector Santiago took his 2nd straight loss after getting the hook early in his last start. Santiago was lit up for 7 runs and 7 hits (including a home run) in just an inning of work. He didn’t issue any walks or strike out anyone. It was the worst outing of the season for the young lefty and the 2nd straight game that he didn’t last more than 2 innings in. Santiago is just 3 -2 in his last 10 outings. Last season, Santiago went 4 – 9 with a 3.56 ERA in 23 starts and 11 relief appearances for the Chicago White Sox.
In 2013, Santiago was 1 – 1 with a 2.25 ERA against Oakland in a start and a relief appearance. This season, eh is without a decision in 3 appearances against the A’s.
Jon Lester notched his 3rd straight victory in his last outing. Lester allowed a run (on a solo home run) and 5 hits through 7 innings of work as he struck out 7 and walked 2. Lester has been on fire as of late and has allowed 3 or fewer runs in 9 of his last 10 starts en route to a 6 -3 record in that span of time. Last season, Lester started 33 games for the Boston Red Sox and compiled a record of 15 – 8 with a 3.75 ERA.
Lester didn’t face the Angels in 2013 but he has seen them twice since joining the Angels mid-way through this season. He is 0 -1 in those 2 encounters against Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
Los Angeles Angels are 77-74-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Los Angeles Angels is 1
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 74-72-9 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Oakland Athletics is 1
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
09/23/14 2B Howie Kendrick Hamstring "?" Tuesday vs. Oakland Athletics
09/21/14 LF Josh Hamilton Chest out indefinitely
09/16/14 P Matt Shoemaker Ribs not expected to make next scheduled start
08/22/14 P Garrett Richards Knee 60-day DL (8/21), out for season
08/01/14 P Tyler Skaggs Forearm 60-day DL (7/31), out for season
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)
09/10/14 CF Craig Gentry Concussion out indefinitely
08/25/14 C John Jaso Concussion 15-day DL (9/8)
06/24/14 1B Kyle Blanks Calf 60-day DL (6/23)
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
Guy's Pick: Take Oakland
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