The Los Angeles Angels face Oakland Athletics in Game 2 of the day-night doubleheader. Check out our MLB odds series for our Angels Athletics predictions and picks.
Michael Lorenzen started Game 2 for the Angels, while Adam Oller picked up the ball for Athletics.
Michael Lorenzen has an ERA of 4.13. He was hit hard for five runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Nationals in his last start on May 7. The Astros hit it hard for four runs in 3 1/3 innings on April 18. However, in three other starts. , Lorenzen is amazing. In those three appearances, he allowed only four runs in 20 1/3 innings. He threw into the ninth inning in one of those starts. He hasn’t been a star in this rotation yet, but he has given Angels a pretty decent run and production, which tells part of the story of why the Angels got off to such a great start this year.
Adam Oller has pared this season. In three appearances, Oller has made a total of just 9 2/3 innings. He has pitched into the fifth inning only once. He has allowed at least three runs on all three starts, which adds up to a total of 13 runs. If the runs allowed are higher than the number of innings thrown, that’s a bad sign, to put it mildly. Making Athletic Angels predictions shouldn’t be too complicated based on this information.
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MLB Opportunity: Angels-Athletics Opportunity
Los Angeles Angels: -1.5 (-102)
Oakland Athletics: +1.5 (-118)
More than: 8 (-106)
Under: 8 (-114)
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Why Angels Can Cover the Spread
Angel rolled. They are one of the best teams in baseball. They closed out Athletics on Friday night and limited them to one round in the first seven innings of Game 1 of this double-headed clash (Angel was leading 3-1 at the top of the eighth round as this article was written). Pitching is the real reason Halos do so well. We all know about Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon, and we know Tyler Wade had a sensational year in Los Angeles, but pitching depth, especially the bullpen, is a new feature for the Angels. This is what sabotaged the previous seasons. Fixing this part of the equation means everything for LA
Joe Maddon was a much better manager when his painkillers worked. This goes for every manager, but the Angels didn’t mess around at the start of the season. We’ll obviously see if this holds up well into the summer, but for now, Halo has a balanced, winning formula. Keep this in mind when thinking about Angels Athletics options.
Why Athletics Can Cover the Spread
After being knocked out on Friday and not scoring as many goals on Saturday afternoon in Game 1 of this split-session day-night doubleheader, the A’s are sure to score a bit more against Michael Lorenzen, who is not a shutdown pitcher and is clearly vulnerable. The Angels had great efforts from their early staff, but Lorenzen wasn’t at the forefront of this development. He is an easier pitcher than most other Angels starters.
Athletics have done a lot of losing recently. In baseball, these things tend to be evenly distributed throughout the season. Angels are better, but an A won’t stay still and inactive forever.
Final Angels-Athletics Predictions & Picks
If Lorenzen is burned, A wins, but as long as he limits the damage — say two rounds in five innings or three turns in six innings — the Angels have more than enough fouls to win this game.
Final Angels-Athletics Predictions & Picks: Angels -1.5