Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Pick – MLB May 20, 2022

The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels are in Anaheim at Angel Stadium for a three-game series. This is a throwaway season for the Athletics. The front office stripped this team of their best talent and is looking towards the future, which likely doesn’t include Oakland.

The latest news surrounding the Athletics and Las Vegas saga is that they’re down to two sites for a new ballpark. Team officials have been regularly seen in Las Vegas, while the crowds are non-existent at the Coliseum.

A’s fans have given up on their club in Oakland. There can’t be more than 1,000 people at games and that’s being generous. Any official attendance number released by the A’s has to be inflated.

I’m sure they prefer to go on the road and play in a stadium with some life. There is some hype for the Angels in Anaheim this season. The Angels should get plenty of support this summer if they’re in the hunt.

The Angels are going into tonight at 24-16 and 1.5 games behind the Houston Astros.

The Angels haven’t looked this promising in a while. It’s a big if whether the Angels can stay healthy, though. Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, and Anthony Rendon together in the lineup give opposing pitchers a tough time.

They’re going to be in good shape this season if the 1-2-3 punch of those three are healthy and swinging the bats well in the summer. That said, the Angels are on a three-game skid after getting swept by the Rangers in Texas.

The Angels beat the A’s in three of four games at the Coliseum and then followed up with getting swept at Globe Life Field. Chase Silseth is coming off his major league debut at Oakland. He was on fire in a 2-0 win.

Paul Blackburn counters for the A’s, who has been pitching well, too. Head below for our free Athletics vs. Angels pick on May 20, 2022.

Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Live Betting Odds:

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Oakland A’s +1.5 (-125) +156 Over 7.5 (-105)
LA Angels -1.5 (+105) -190 Under 7.5 (-115)
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Team Data Oakland A’s LA Angels
Overall Record 16-24 24-16
Away/Home Record 10-9 12-7
Batting Average .203 .244
Batting Average Away/Home .210 .247
Runs Per 9 3.33 5.01
Team ERA 3.79 3.43
Team ERA Away/Home 3.19 3.14

Athletics vs. Angels Prediction:

The Angels were thrilled with how rookie Chase Silseth handled himself in the first start of his career. In his major league debut, it couldn’t have gone better, with Silseth going 6 innings with just 1 hit allowed. Silseth yielded 2 walks and 1 hit for a stellar start to his career.

Before getting the call up, Silseth was dominating minor legue hitters. In five starts he posted an ERA of 1.75 and a 0.85 WHIP.

His terrific form carried over to his first start in the majors. Mind you, this was against the Athletics, one of the worst offenses in the majors. He gets another crack at the A’s, this time his debut at Angel Stadium.

Oakland is 30th in the majors with a team batting average of .203. They have a .588 OPS with just 3.36 runs per 9 innings.

This likely isn’t going to go well at Angel Stadium tonight. Note that the A’s managed only two wins in a seven-game homestand going into Anaheim. Expect the offense to continue to struggle.

Oakland Athletics vs. LA Angels Betting Trends:

Athletics

  • Record (Last 10): 5-5
  • 1-7 overall in their first eight first games of a series
  • 0-5 overall in their previous five games as an underdog
  • 0-4 overall in their previous four games after a one-day break
  • 2-7 overall in their previous nine games versus the AL West
  • 0-6 overall in their previous six games on a Friday

Angels

  • Record (Last 10): 5-5
  • 9-2 overall in their previous 11 games at home
  • 8-1 overall in their previous nine games versus a right-handed starter at home
  • 20-7 overall in their previous 27 games versus a team with a losing record
  • 13-6 overall in their previous 19 games as a betting favorite
  • 10-4 overall in their previous 14 games after a loss

  • Paul Blackburn is in great form going into Angel Stadium. However, there isn’t much room for error with the A’s offense. Blackburn owns an ERA of 1.67 and a 0.90 WHIP through 39.1 innings.

    In his last three starts, Blackburn has an ERA of 2.04 and a 1.02 WHIP.

    I’m good with Blackburn, but you have to depend on the A’s offense helping him out tonight. I don’t see him getting the most help.

    The A’s catch the Angels off a sweep in Texas, so they should have a more focused team to deal with on Friday night. Overall, the Angels are third in the majors with 4.97 runs per 9 innings and 1.40 home runs a game.

    Silseth hasn’t been touched yet this season. Whether it’s the majors or minor leagues, Silseth has been locked in.

    Expect Silseth to put on another solid display against the Athletics. Blackburn should be fine, but he doesn’t get much run support in this one. At plus money on the runline at home, the Angels look like good value.

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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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