The L.A. Angels are playing like a team who are trying to make the postseason. Somebody should try and tell them that there is no chance of them getting in, but good on them for playing to the final game. They maybe should have tried playing this well throughout the season, because the Angels would be sitting in the postseason instead of on the outside. Nevertheless, if you’ve been riding the Angels the past several games, you would be making some good money off them. The Angels have gone 6-1 in their last seven games, including 7-3 in their last ten. Most of those wins came against the Athletics, who have pretty much done the opposite of the Angels, which is just quit and wait for the offseason.
The Athletics and Angels will do it all over again tonight, after the Angels took them down the last two nights on the diamond. Jered Weaver edged them out by a score of 2-1 in Game 1 and then last night it wasn’t even close as the offense came to life, scoring 8 runs in an 8-1 beat down. The A’s might want to consider hitting the ball at the plate once or twice before the season comes to a conclusion. The offense has been pretty lifeless, and there comes a point after it’s so bad night after night, that there is an effort issue here.
The Athletics are not the most talented team, they’re depleted offensively, but they haven’t been able to show anything over the last several games. They had a nice output of runs against the Rangers, putting up 7 in a 7-1 win. However, the two games before that, and the two after, the Athletics scored just 2 runs. Alex Meyer will seek to shut the A’s down again tonight. With the MLB regular season winding down, I am playing small units this time of the year. Once the postseason begins I will start to look at upping my wager size. Whatever you choose, good luck as always.
Oakland Athletics vs. L.A. Angels
Sonny Gray (5-11, 5.74 ERA) vs Alex Meyer (1-3, 5.91 ERA)
Sonny Gray went from elite to toilet water in a year’s time. I have been saying that there must be an injury or something bothering him. There haven’t been any reports of an injury with Gray, and he has pitched through the entire season, so maybe he is just having a really bad year. The Athletics wouldn’t let him pitch like this with a nagging injury, this isn’t football or hockey where you fight through it. Teams are cautious with arm injuries, which could derail a career. So, the only logical explanation I have for Gray is that he’s been a whole lot of suck.
Alex Meyer has spent time in two different cities this seas, spending time in Minnesota and now in Anaheim. The Twins, who have a rocky pitching rotation, had enough with Meyer after only 3.2 innings pitched. Meyer was hit for an ERA of 16.88 and 2.63 WHIP. The Twins saw enough and sent him to California. If anything, Meyer suddenly just had to pay a whole lot more in taxes. Meyer has had four starts with the Angels, posting an ERA of 4.58. Better but still there are some things for him to work out. I suspect that the Athletics offense will finally come to life tonight against Meyer. Conversely, the Angels have been hot at the plate and facing the struggling Sonny Gray tonight. I like some runs to be scored in this contest, so the OVER looks like an attractive option.
PICK: OVER 8.5 RUNS (-110)