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California AL Matchup: Aug 02

Written by Cartichoke

What is good everybody? Welcome to Tuesday, the best day to win money on sports. That’s a fact.

We have two California teams going at it tonight, and if you thought “Oh nice Dodgers and Giants pick, lets go”. You're wrong. ANGELS and ATHLETICS baby.

Not the two best teams going at it tonight, the visiting A’s are currently 39-65 on the season, but winners of 7 of their last 10 games. The Angels come into tonight's game with a 43-59 record and losing 3 out of 4 games against the Rangers this past weekend. It feels like yesterday when Angels were atop of their division and looking like one of the best teams in the AL.

Pitching for the A’s is one of their only positives of the season, first it was Paul Blackburn, but he has been struggling as of late. It is now Cole Irvin time in Oakland. He has a 6-7 record on the season, 3.05 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Those are very good stats, especially the record, being basically .500 on this Oakland team that almost has 30 more losses than wins. Impressive stuff.

For the Angels, taking the mound is none other than Thor Odinson from Asgard. Actually it is Noah Syndergaard. Pretty much the same person though. On the season Syndergaard has a 5-8 record with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

Looking at the batting side of this matchup, in the last 10 games Oakland is batting .257 against RHP (which Syndergaard is) while the Angels are struggling badly against LHP (which Irvin is). They are batting .170 in the last 10 games vs LHP. To put it more together, in the last 10 games A’s are batting .254 and the Angels are batting .219.

So I have no other choice than to go with the A’s tonight.

They are 3-0 in Irvin’s last 3 starts. They have the better bats at the moment and the Angels are an abysmal 8-22 in their last 30 home games.

Ohtani could seriously take this game over, but other than him nobody in their lineup scares me. I expect Cole Irvin to do his thing.

Pick: A’s (+108) at CoolBet

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