Angels at Athletics 4/4/2017 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 4/3/2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Shoemaker vs. Sean Manaea
The Los Angeles Angels visit O.co Coliseum on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 to play the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are Matt Shoemaker for the Angels and Sean Manaea for the Athletics.
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The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at +104 and Oakland at -114. The Angels had a 71-84-7 over/under record and a 77-85-0 run line mark last season, meaning they covered 48% of the time. The Athletics were 90-72-0 against the run line and had a 72-84-6 over/under record. They covered the spread 56% of the time.
Valuable Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels were 71-84-7 against the over/under last season
The Los Angeles Angels were 77-85-0 against the run line last season
Important Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics were 72-84-6 against the over/under last season
The Oakland Athletics were 90-72-0 against the run line last season
Key Los Angeles Angels Injuries
04/01/17 3B Luis Valbuena Hamstring out indefinitely
04/01/17 P Nick Tropeano Undisclosed out indefinitely
03/31/17 P Andrew Heaney Elbow out for season
03/31/17 P Huston Street Trapezius out indefinitely
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
04/01/17 P Sonny Gray Oblique 10-day DL
04/01/17 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 10-day DL
04/01/17 P Daniel Mengden Foot 10-day DL
04/01/17 CF Jake Smolinski Shoulder 10-day DL
04/01/17 2B Joey Wendle Shoulder 10-day DL
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Angels are coming off a 74-88 record in 2016, including 34-47 on the road. Starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker had a 9-13 record with an earned run average of 3.88 and a WHIP of 1.23. He had 143 strikeouts over his 160 innings pitched and he gave up 166 hits last season. He allowed 9.3 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 3.52. The bullpen last year had an earned run average of 3.77 and they gave up 538 base hits on the year. Teams hit .255 against the bullpen while being struck out 437 times and walking 189 times last season. As a team, Los Angeles allowed 7.84 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.35 batters per nine innings. They were 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.70. The Angels pitchers collectively gave up 1,480 base hits and 676 earned runs. They allowed 208 home runs last season and they allowed 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff walked 498 batters and struck out 1,136. They walked 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.2 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit was 4.62.
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As a team Los Angeles batted .249, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .246 average away from home. The Angels held a .409 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 which was good for 18th in baseball. They ranked 22nd in baseball with 8.49 hits per game. Mike Trout is coming off a 2016 season in which he hit .315 with an on-base percentage of .441. He had 173 hits last season along with 123 runs scored and 100 runs batted in. He struck out 137 times and walked 116 times. Yunel Escobar hit .304 last year and he had an on-base percentage of .355. He totaled 157 hits while scoring 68 runs and he drove in 39. He walked 40 times and struck out on 67 occasions. The Angels had 1,410 hits, including 279 doubles and 156 home runs. They stole 73 bases and were thrown out stealing 34 times. Los Angeles walked 471 times last season and they struck out 991 times as a unit. They left 1,037 men on base and had a team OPS of .726. They scored 4.43 runs per contest and scored a total of 717 runs last year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland had a 34-47 home record and a 69-93 overall mark in 2016. With an earned run average of 3.86, Sean Manaea had a 7-9 record and a 1.19 WHIP last season. He had 124 strikeouts over the 144.2 innings he pitched during which he gave up 135 hits. He allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 4.08. Last season the bullpen had an earned run average of 4.01 and they gave up 522 base hits on the year. Teams hit .241 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 530 times and walking 193 times last season. As a team, Oakland allowed 9.16 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.46 batters per nine innings. They were 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.51. The Athletics pitchers as a team surrendered 1,459 base knocks and 718 earned runs last season. They gave up 185 home runs last year and they gave up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff walked 464 hitters and struck out 1,188. They gave up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they struck out 7.5 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.34 while their FIP as a staff was 4.24.
As a team, they batted .246, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .236 average at home. The Athletics held a .395 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304 which was good for 28th in baseball. They ranked 25th in baseball with 8.35 hits per contest. Khris Davis comes into this matchup after batting .247 with an OBP of .307. He had 137 hits last year along with 85 runs scored and 102 RBI. He struck out 166 times and walked on 42 occasions. Jed Lowrie hit .263 in 2016 and he had an OBP of .314. He collected 89 hits while scoring 30 runs and driving in 27. He earned a walk 26 times and punched out 65 times. The Athletics as a unit had 1,352 base hits, including 270 doubles and 169 homers. They had 50 stolen bases and were thrown out 23 times. Oakland as a team walked 442 times last year and they struck out 1,145 times. They had 1,036 men left on base and had an OPS of .699. They scored 4.03 runs per game and totaled 653 runs last season.
Who will win tonight's Angels/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Athletics -114
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