The MLB is set up with another great slate of baseball on September 18. Fifteen games will be up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these matchups to end the night will be between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels. These two teams have been solid this season and will look for a big win. This game will throw the first pitch at around 9:05 PM Eastern time.
Oakland has earned a record of 80-67 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the AL West. The Athletics have won three games in a row and are 6-4 in their last ten. Oakland is seven games back on the division and two and a half games out of a wild card. The Athletics will look to move up with a big win in this one.
The Angels have put up a record of 72-75 so far this season, which has them in fourth place of the AL West. Los Angeles is coming off a loss in their last game and are 4-6 in their last ten matchups. The Angels have fallen out of the playoff picture, but will look to play spoiler in this one. Los Angeles will look to bounce back after a tough loss on Friday night.
These two teams are in opposite positions late in the season, but I expect a good game from these two division rivals. The Athletics are still in the hunt for a wild card spot, while Los Angeles will look to put a dent in their hopes. If either team can come out hot in this one, it could be enough to earn a big win on Saturday night.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Oakland Athletics||-1 ½ (+115)||-126||Over 9 (-120)|
|Los Angeles Angels||+1 ½ (-135)||+116||Under 9 (+100)|
|Team Data||Oakland Athletics||Los Angeles Angels|
|Away/ Home Record||40-33||38-35|
|Batting Average Away/ Home||.250||.258|
|ERA Away/ Home||4.17||4.40|
- 61-39 when favored this season
- 49-51 against the run line when favored
- 27-17 as road favorite
- 49-30 after a win
- 7-8 in September
- 12-12 when playing on a Saturday
- 31-30 against the division
- 45-38 in night games
Los Angeles Angels
- 35-45 as underdog this season
- 41-39 against the run line as underdogs
- 14-16 as home underdog
- 38-36 after a loss
- 6-8 in September
- 13-10 when playing on a Saturday
- 34-37 against the division
- 51-53 in night games
These two teams have met up 17 times this season. Oakland has a big edge, going 13-4 against the Angels on the season. The Athletics have outscored Los Angeles 80-43 in those games as well. Oakland has won two in a row and nine of their last ten against the Angels. Los Angeles will look for a big bounce back on Saturday night though.
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) September 18, 2021
The Athletics have been solid with the bats in their hands this season. Oakland has earned a .240 batting average, which is 17th in the league. The Athletics have also posted an OPS of .727, which is 15th in the MLB. Oakland has hit in 681 runs this season, which is 11th in the league.
Los Angeles has been solid at the plate throughout this season as well. The Angels have put up a batting average of .247, which is 9th in the MLB. Los Angeles has earned a .723 OPS, which is 16th in the league. The Angels have scored 659 runs, which is 17th in the MLB.
These two teams have been solid at the plate this season. Oakland has a right hander starting on the mound in this one, while the Angels have a lefty starting. The Athletics have a BA of .243 and a .731 OPS against left handers. Los Angeles has earned a .246 batting average and an OPS of .715 against righties.
Daulton Jefferies will likely get the nod at pitcher for Oakland in this one. Jefferies has played in five games this season, going 1-0 in those matchups. He has posted a 3.60 ERA and a WHIP of 1.00 in those outings. Jefferies pitched three and a third innings in his last start against the Texas Rangers. He gave up three hits and no runs in the no decision.
I expect Jose Suarez to get the start on the mound for the Angels on Saturday night. Suarez has earned a record of 7-7 throughout his 20 outings this season. He has put up an ERA of 3.59 and a 1.23 WHIP in those games played. Suarez’s last start was against the Houston Astros. He gave up three hits and one run through five and two thirds innings in route to a win.
Suarez has won his last two outings and will look to carry that momentum into this one. Oakland’s bullpen has the edge in this one though. The Athletics have earned a 4.05 ERA from their relievers, which is 14th in the MLB. Los Angeles has had their bullpen post an ERA of 4.61, which is 23rd in the league.
The Angels have struggled heavily against Oakland throughout this season, but I think they can earn a big win at home on Saturday. Los Angeles has been solid hitting the ball all season and can match up with the A’s at the plate. Suarez has also picked up his play as of late and if he can outlast Jefferies, I think the Angels can win this one.
BetOnline has the Athletics listed as a -126 against the money line. This implies that Oakland will win this game around 55.8 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with the two pitchers on the mound. Los Angeles is coming off a tough loss on Friday night, but I think they can bounce back in this one.