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A’s vs. Angels Pick MLB – June 9th

The Arizona Diamondbacks helped us notch out fourth win in five MLB picks and capped off a nice perfect 2-0 day, coupled with the Heat’s win. We will try to keep things rolling tonight with a pair of Monday series-starting winners.

Before I dig into today’s picks, I thought I was done talking about horse racing for the year after my disappointing Belmont, but I can’t stay away from mentioning the hilarious absurdity of the apology running incessantly on ESPN from California Chrome owner Steve Coburn. If you missed it – after the race, the rich, old, white guy made a bunch of petty, childish, whinny comments about how the Triple Crown process was unfair and called the other horses and their teams “cowards” for not racing in all three Triple Crown races. Should he have apologized to the other owners? Sure. Should he have lobbied up a quick mea culpa for being a preening douche? Why not.

But unlike the other rich, old, white guy in NBA news, I’m not sure this required a television apology, and I laughed out loud when he “apologized to the world and America.” I can’t speak on behalf of all Americans, but I’ll reckon that somehow, someway, we will be able to soldier on… But thanks Stevie…

Yikes. Back to the real world and some baseball – let’s try to nail down our fifth winner in six attempts.

Today’s Free Pick:

Oakland A’s +101 at Los Angeles Angels -109 (Total: 8.5)

Jesse Chavez (5-3, 3.04) vs. Garrett Richards (5-3, 3.25 ERA)

This is the beginning of an enormous series in the AL West. With Texas floundering amidst a rash of injuries and Seattle and Houston being, well, Seattle and Houston, if we are going to have any intrigue in this division, it will have to come between these two. This series will go a long way towards determining if that will happen. Oakland owns a 4 ½ game lead and has taken five of the six meetings between these two to start the season.

Los Angeles will be running out Garrett Richards to reverse the trend against the A’s. The only problem is, Richards has been so-so of late after a nice start to the season. The Angels are still 8-4 in games he starts, but he has posted a 4.60 ERA over his last three starts and lasted just 15.2 innings in the process.

The A’s will counter with Jesse Chavez, whose season is almost an exact mirror of Richards. The A’s are 9-3 in games he has started, but some of that is due to the ridiculous 5.17 runs the A’s average as a team and the 6.2 average run support Chavez has personally received.

Take two slightly slumping pitchers, two elite offenses and a questionable Angels bullpen and you have a recipe for plenty of runs. I am surprised this line is only 8.5 given that these team average nearly ten runs a game between them and neither starting pitcher has great momentum entering tonight’s matchup.

I’ll be on the offense tonight in Anaheim.

Free Pick: Run TOTAL OVER 8.5