Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, 9/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA
TV: Bally Sports West
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (-116) Los Angeles (-105)
Daulton Jefferies and the Oakland Athletics (79-67, 2nd in AL West) are headed to Angel Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the Los Angeles Angels (72-74, 4th in AL West). The Angels open this contest at -105 while the Athletics are priced at -116. The over/under is set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Daulton Jefferies and Jose Suarez.
As a team, the Oakland Athletics are notching 4.6 runs per game, which puts them at 11th in baseball. They have racked up 676 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .318. The Athletics have tallied 250 doubles as a squad and have knocked 180 baseballs out of the stadium. They have tallied 633 runs batted in in addition to 1,165 hits on the season, and their team batting average is .240. Oakland has a slugging % of .410 and have struck out 1,215 times, while being walked on 487 occasions.
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The Athletics have a team ERA of 3.99 so far this year (13th in the league), and their staff has rung up 1,205 hitters. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 3.05 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.25. Athletics pitchers have given up 168 long balls in addition to 611 total runs (11th in MLB). They have walked 395 opposing batters and their FIP comes in at 4.04 as a squad on the campaign.
The Athletics have sent 450 relievers to the mound over the course of the season. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 162 runners over the course of the season with 35.8% of those runners ended up scoring. They have earned 36 saves on the campaign and have blown 26 out of their 62 save opportunities. The Athletics relief pitchers have a save percentage of 58.1% and has entered the game in 126 save situations. The relievers have racked up 64 holds so far this year (22nd in MLB). Athletics relief pitchers have entered the contest with runners on 110 times and also have had 129 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Oakland Athletics have a tally of 3,878 putouts on the campaign, as well as 1,186 assists and 61 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .988 which has them ranked 2nd in pro baseball, and have accumulated 993 double plays. The Athletics have converted 69.8% of balls in play into outs out of 11,634 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 12th in pro baseball.
Jefferies has taken the hill for 17 innings and has earned 9 strikeouts during his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 5.82 (11 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.294. He has given up 16 base knocks (8.5 hits per nine innings) with 6 walks. Jefferies (1-1 career mark) holds a FIP of 5.64 and he has gone up against 71 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues.
The Los Angeles Angels have earned an OBP of .310 and a team batting average of .247 on the year. They have struck out on 1,278 occasions (15th in MLB) and have a total of 1,209 base knocks. Los Angeles has recorded 178 home runs for the season as well as 624 runs batted in. The Angels hold a team slugging percentage of .413 and they are recording 4.49 runs per contest (15th in the league). They have tallied 243 doubles, while getting a free base 403 times as well as putting up 655 runs.
The Angels are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.385 in addition to having a FIP of 4.22 as a team so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.51 (1,333 strikeouts against 531 walks). They sit at 19th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 1,237. They have surrendered 170 homers and they give up 5.12 runs per 9 innings (23rd in the league). The Los Angeles pitching staff have allowed 726 runs on the season while having an ERA of 4.71 (668 earned runs given up).
Sitting with 126 save situations, the Angels have earned 65 holds in addition to 22 blown saves. Los Angeles has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the hill in 59 save chances and they have converted 37 saves. Their relievers have stepped onto the hill 151 times in high leverage situations and also on 211 occasions with runners on. Los Angeles relievers hold an inherited score rate of 38.5% out of 322 inherited base runners. They are currently ranked 14th in baseball with a save percentage of 62.7%, and they have sent 497 relievers to the mound so far this year.
The Los Angeles Angels have twisted 118 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .984 (19th in professional baseball). The Angels have recorded 1,260 assists, 84 errors and have accumulated 3,830 putouts during this campaign. Out of their 11,490 innings on the field, the Angels have earned a defensive efficiency of 67.6% (29th in the majors).
Suarez (9-15 record in his career) has a 5.80 ERA while giving up 9.8 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.17 and he has gone up against 746 batters in his career. He has given up 107 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.506 and having a FIP of 5.5. In his career, Suarez has conceded 181 hits and he has 150 strikeouts in 166 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-105)
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