Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels 8/31/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/30/2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim
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Scott Kazmir (14-6), who had his worst start of the year last time on the mound, will take the mound for the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon when they face Matt Shoemaker (13-4) and the Los Angeles Angels.
Scott Kazmir struggled throughout his outing against the Los Angeles Angels last week and ended up losing for the sixth time this season. He only made it through three innings in that start and allowed seven runs on 10 hits while striking out one and walking two. His ERA rose to 3.08 with that loss, but he has still only given up 138 hits in 158 innings this year.
Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton has six hits in 16 at-bats against Kazmir in his career with a double, two home runs and six RBI. First baseman Albert Pujols is 1-for-6 against the lefty with a walk and a strikeout.
Right-hander Matt Shoemaker was able to pick up his fourth consecutive win last Tuesday when he defeated the Miami Marlins at home. He pitched seven scoreless innings in that game and gave up just two hits while striking out six batters and walking two. Shoemaker has a 3.33 ERA this year and he has struck out 108 batters in 110.2 innings on the mound.
A's outfielder Brandon Moss is 0-for-1 against Shoemaker in his career with a strikeout. All of the other A's will be facing the right-hander for the first time on Sunday.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 66-58-9 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Oakland Athletics is 1.2
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
Los Angeles Angels are 63-65-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Los Angeles Angels is 0.8
Injuries to Watch
08/25/14 C John Jaso Concussion out indefinitely
08/24/14 P Sean Doolittle Ribs 15-day DL (8/24)
08/15/14 SS Jed Lowrie Finger 15-day DL (8/14)
08/03/14 2B Nick Punto Hamstring 15-day DL (8/3)
06/24/14 1B Kyle Blanks Calf 60-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
Los Angeles Angels
08/22/14 P Garrett Richards Knee 60-day DL (8/21), out for season
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)
Tony's Pick: Take Oakland
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