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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)
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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)
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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.