Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics 4-13-2016 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 4/12/2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Shoemaker vs. Eric Surkamp
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The Los Angeles Angels visit O.co Coliseum on Wednesday to play the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are Matt Shoemaker for the Angels and Eric Surkamp for the Athletics. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at -105 and Oakland at -105. The over/under was set at 8. The Angels have a 3-3-1 over/under record and a 4-3-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 57% of the time. The Athletics are 5-3-0 against the run line and have a 1-6-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 63% of the time.
The Angels head into this matchup with a 3-4 record, including 1-0 on the road. Starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker held a 7-10 record with an earned run average of 4.46 and a WHIP of 1.26 last season. He had 116 strikeouts over his 135.1 innings pitched and he also gave up 135 hits over that time period. He allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 4.59. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.55 and they have given up 17 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .187 against the bullpen while being struck out 21 times and walking 8 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 6.82 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.69 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.77. The Angels pitchers have collectively given up 61 base hits and 28 earned runs. They have allowed 8 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 20 batters and struck out 60. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 4.18.
As a team, Los Angeles is batting .288, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .288 average away from home. The Angels hold a .424 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .339 which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 2nd in baseball with 10.86 hits per game. Mike Trout comes into this game hitting .217 and his on-base percentage is at .345. He has 5 hits this season along with 1 run scored and 4 runs batted in. He's struck out 8 times and has walked 5 times. Albert Pujols is hitting .148 and he has an on-base percentage of .179. He has totaled 4 hits so far while scoring 1 run and he's driven in 3. He has walked 1 time and has struck out 4 times. The Angels have 46 hits, including 8 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 home runs. They've stolen 1 base while they've been thrown out stealing 1 time. Los Angeles has walked 21 times this season and they've struck out 39 times as a unit. They've left 43 men on base and have a team OPS of .567. They score 2.29 runs per contest and have scored a total of 16 runs so far this year.
Oakland comes into this matchup with a 1-4 home record and a 4-4 overall mark. With an earned run average last season of 10.8, Eric Surkamp had a 0-0 record and a 1.50 WHIP. He had 4 strikeouts over the 3.1 innings he pitched during which he gave up 4 hits. He allowed 10.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 11.23. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 1.86 and they have given up 23 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 23 times and walking 2 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 7.15 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.52 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.59. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 58 base knocks and 21 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 6 home runs this year and they give up 0.7 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff has walked 20 hitters and struck out 61. They give up a walk 2.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.07 while their FIP as a staff is 3.81.
As a team, they are batting .229, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .228 average at home. The Athletics hold a .342 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .276 which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 7.88 hits per contest. Josh Reddick comes into this matchup batting .280 and he has an OBP of .379. He has 7 hits this year along with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI. He's struck out 6 times and has walked on 4 occasions. Billy Butler is hitting .273 and he has an OBP of .273. The Athletics as a unit have 63 base hits, including 11 doubles, 1 triple, and 6 homers. They have 3 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 0 times. Oakland as a team has walked 16 times this year and they have struck out 72 times. They've had 56 men left on base and have an OPS of .617. They score 2.75 runs per game and have totaled 22 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 3-3-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 4-3-0 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 1-6-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 5-3-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/4)
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/01/16 P Tyler Skaggs Elbow out indefinitely
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/6)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Athletics
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