LA Angels vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick – August 23, 2020

    Dylan Bundy (3-2, 2.48 ERA) vs. Frankie Montas (2-2, 4.74 ERA)

The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics will meet for the third consecutive day on Sunday. The Angels and Athletics split the first two games, so we move to a rubber-match today to decide who the better team is for the weekend. Overall this season, that honor belongs to the Athletics.

The Angels may have the flashy names that make it on ESPN, but the Athletics lead the AL West. The A’s were upended on Saturday by a score of 4-3, though. Griffin Canning turned in a productive performance for the Angels. He went 6 strong innings with 6 hits and 3 earned runs conceded.

It was an effective day for Chris Bassitt as well. Bassitt has been one of the most underrated pitchers in the major leagues this season. He showed up again on Saturday, though didn’t get much help from the offense at the plate. Bassitt gave up 6 hits and 2 earned runs through 5.2 innings of work yesterday. He wasn’t perfect, but he did enough to give the A’s a decent enough chance at a winning day.

The A’s fall to 19-9 while the Angels move to 9-19 on the season. So despite what happened yesterday, I’d much rather be an Athletic at the moment. The Angels are well back of the A’s in the AL West. Oakland goes into Sunday ten games clear of the Angels. Barring something chances fast for the Angels, they won’t be going to the postseason.

The Angels have Mike Trout on their roster, along with Anthony Rendon, who was a big free agent signing in the offseason, but the Athletics are built with more depth. Instead of throwing money at Rendon, they probably should have addressed their spotty rotation. That’s been a point of concern for them for over a decade now.

Depending on Ohtani staying healthy isn’t an option. Dylan Bundy appears to be one of their better pitching acquisitions in recent memory. They didn’t have to pay a lot for him and he’s pitching with a purpose on his new team. Bundy goes for the Angles on Sunday. Frankie Montas, who is coming off a terrible performance, will be called on for the A’s. Head below for our free LA Angels vs. Oakland Athletics pick for August 23, 2020.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Angels +1.5 (-165)
  • Athletics -1.5 (+145)
Moneyline:

  • Angels (+113)
  • Athletics (-123)
Total:

  • Over 9 (-105)
  • Under 9 (-115)

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LA Angels vs. Oakland Athletics Prediction:

Chris Bassitt isn’t the only underrated pitcher in the A’s rotation that has been making some noise. Frankie Montas has been putting in some good work for the A’s in 2020. Well, if you ignore his most recent performance on the hill, that is. Montas was rolling with an ERA of 1.57 before he met the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

The Diamondbacks tagged Montas with 9 runs through 1.2 innings. That was a career-high for Montas. Prior to that start, Montas hadn’t given up more than 2 earned runs in four starts, and fewer than 2 earned runs in three out of his four outings. Montas watched his ERA go from 1.57 to 4.57 in 1.2 innings.

Montas is back home where he’s enjoyed more success this year. He has a 1.69 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in Oakland. Following his turbulent performance in Arizona, Montas has an ERA of 10.38 and 2.08 WHIP on the road. He’s been a quality pitcher against the Angels in his career. The talented Angels’ offense is hitting just .207 against Montas in 72 at-bats.

Ohtani is the only Angel to take Montas deep.Dylan Bundy has been the start of the Angels’ rotation. For all of the mistakes the front office has made regarding the pitching staff, going out and acquiring Bundy was smart. Bundy enters Sunday with an ERA of 2.48 and 0.80 WHIP in four games. This is what the O’s expected out of him, but he never developed in Baltimore,

He’s allowed 1 or no runs in three out of four starts, and is on the heels of an impressive showing over the Athletics a couple of weeks ago. The A’s put up just 4 hits and no runs against Bundy through 7 innings. Bundy struck 10 batters out for the second straight game. The A’s are hitting .205 against Bundy in 118 at-bats. All things considered, The total looks a tad too high on Sunday in Oakland.

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