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Athletics vs. Angels MLB Betting Prediction from Will Rogers: August 30th 2017

Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels
MLB Betting Prediction: Angels -141 odds (August 30th 2017)

The set-up: The Angels will wrap up a 10-game homestand looking for a three-game sweep of the A’s. LA was 2-5 after the Rangers and Astros visited Anaheim but can now finish 5-5 with a win tonight, after 3-1 and 8-2 victories Monday and Tuesday (both wins coming without Mike Trout). Trout (stiff neck) hopes to be in the lineup on Wednesday, although he is mired in an 0-for-17 slump. The Angels remain one game behind the Twins for the second wild-card spot in the American League, while Oakland is just playing out the string, as its 58-74 record is better than only the Tigers and White Sox in the junior circuit.

The pitching matchup: Kendall Graveman (4-4 & 4.24 ERA) goes for Oakland and Parker Bridwell (7-2 & 2.89 ERA) for LA. Graveman was on the DL for two-plus months and his return on Aug. 2  was a disatser. He allowed seven ERs in juts two innings of an 11-2 loss at San Francisco. A no-decision followed but he’s won two of his last three, allowing just five ERs over 20 innings (2.25 ERA). Graveman is 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA in nine career starts against the Angels (team is 5-4). Bridwell just continues to impress. He did suffer his first loss in nine starts this past Friday but allowed only two runs on six hits in seven innings against Houston in a 2-1 loss. He has yielded fewer than three ERs in four consecutive starts and in 10 of his last 12 while issuing more than one walk only once in his last eight outings. The Angels are 11-2 in Bridwell’s 13 starts, giving him MLB’s second-best moneyline mark (plus-$1232). He will be facing Oakland for the first time.

The pick: Graveman has pitched well his last three but Bridwell has been just terrific, since joining the rotation back on May 30. Take the Angels.

Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick from Will Rogers: August 21st 2017

Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels
MLB Pick: LAA -147 odds (August 21st 2017)

The set-up: The LA Angels  were able to survive with Mike Trout on the DL and since his return right after the break, have been able to make a strong push into wild card contention. Los Angeles capped a 7-2 road trip with Sunday’s 5-4 win at Baltimore and returns home having won nine of 11 overall to earn a virtual tie for the second AL wild card spot with Minnesota (both sit 2 1/2 games back of the Yankees, owners of the top wild card spot). The Mariners and Royals are 1 1/2 games back of the Angels and Twins, while the Rangers, who visit Anaheim tonight for the first contest of a four-game series, are lurking 2 1/2 games back of both LA and Minny. Texas has won five of its last seven but was held scoreless until the ninth inning of Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

The pitching matchup: Cole Hamels (8-1 & 3.48 ERA) takes the mound for Texas and Tyler Skaggs (1-3 & 3.63 ERA) for the Angels. Hamels spent about two months on the DL but since struggling in his first start back on the mound in late June, owns a 6-1 mark with a 2.93 ERA in nine starts since the beginning of July (Texas is 7-2).  Hamels is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels (teams are 4-3). Skaggs will be activated from the bereavement list to make his fourth start since returning from disabled list after missing 85 games with an oblique strain. He’s 0-2 (team is 1-2) since returning to the mound on Aug. 5 but he’s pitched much better than his record with a 2.93 ERA in his three outings. Skaggs is 2-1 with a 5.46 ERA in six career starts against Texas (teams are 4-2).

The pick: Hard to find fault with Hamels but the Angels look more and more like a wild card team every day. Take the Angels.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Betting Pick from Larry Ness: July 14th 2017

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels
MLB Betting Pick: Angels +100 odds (July 14th 2017)

The LA Angels went 19-20 without Mike Trout, who suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb on May 28 that required surgery. The reigning American League MVP returns to the lineup on Friday, when the 45-47 Angels host the 47-43 Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of their three-game series. Los Angeles dropped seven of its last 10 contests prior to the All-Star break but sits just three games behind in the AL wild-card race (forget about the division race, as the Astros own a 16 1/2 game lead over LA!). The Rays currently own the second AL wild card spot but it is a crowded field, as seven teams are lurking within five games of a berth. “There are no easy series in this league,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash told reporters. “You look at the standings, obviously you separate the division, but then you look at the wild card, there are a lot of teams in the hunt. That’s a byproduct of just having a lot of good teams.”

Rookie Jacob Faria (4-0, 2.11 ERA) takes the mound for the Rays and struggling veteran Ricky Nolasco (4-10, 5.06 ERA) for the Angels. Faria has been superb since his recall from the minors, allowing just one run in four of his first six major-league starts (Rays are 5-1). He owns a 37-9 KW ratio, a WHIP and opposing batters have hit just .203 against him. Nolasco has served up 25 HRs in just 101.1 innings, just three shy of his career-high total from 2008 while with Miami. The Angels are 5-13 (minus-$708) in Nolasco’s 2017 starts and more bad news comes in that he’s 3-7 with a 6.67 ERA in 10 career starts against Tampa Bay.

However, Trout returns to the lineup after a 39-game absence on Friday and was batting .337 with 16 HRs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, 10 stolen bases, a .461 on-base percentage, and a .742 slugging percentage prior to his injury. Is Trout any good? His return gives LA an emotional boost and I’ll take the home team.