Oakland Athletics’ Seth Brown (15) gets an arm-bump from teammate Elvis Andrus (17) after hitting a home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 18, 2021, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
- The Los Angeles Angels visit the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday (July 20th) at 3:37 pm ET
- Jose Suarez (4-2, 2.29 ERA) gets the ball for LA, while Oakland will counter with James Kaprielian (4-3, 2.90 ERA)
- Read below for odds, analysis and a betting prediction
MLB is serving up a pair of matinee contests on Tuesday, with the most intriguing game taking place in Oakland. Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angels Angels are in town to take on the Athletics, and the forecast couldn’t be better. Clear skies and sunshine are on deck, with the first pitched scheduled for 3:37 pm ET.
Angels vs Athletics Odds
|Los Angeles Angels||+120||+1.5 (-150)||O 9 (+100)|
|Oakland Athletics||-140||-1.5 (+130)||U 9 (-120)|
Odds as of July 19th at DraftKings.
Oakland opened up as a -140 home favorite in the MLB odds, looking to take down LA for the fourth straight time. The A’s swept a three-game series versus the Angels in Los Angeles last month, scoring 22 runs in the process.
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Lefty Jose Suarez will make his third start of the season for LA, while Oakland will counter with James Kaprielian. Suarez has been working primarily out of the bullpen this year, but was moved into the rotation earlier this month. He’s responded by allowing just three runs combined in his previous two starts, and limited Seattle to three hits and one run over 5 innings, in a 7-1 victory last time out.
Man…oh…man does Jose Suarez have a nice CH pic.twitter.com/GBSHnymwCZ
— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) July 3, 2019
He’s tossed 5.1 innings versus the A’s this season, all in relief, and has been spectacular. He’s held them scoreless, scattering two hits, while striking out seven.
Suarez vs Kaprielian
Kaprielian meanwhile, has surrendered two runs or less in nine of 11 starts, including his final outing before the All-Star break. That night, he held Texas to two runs on four hits over 5 innings, but didn’t factor into the decision.
James Kaprielian didn’t reach 6 innings but managed 9 strikeouts, with his last two being Shohei Ohtani and Anthony Rendon back-to-back. pic.twitter.com/XoHI6BHG1n
— Justin Groc (@jgroc) May 22, 2021
He’s faced the Angels once this season, allowing two runs over 5.2 innings of work, while striking out nine.
Batting Average vs Starting Pitchers
|Angels Batters||Batting Average vs Kaprielian||Athletics Batters||Batting Average vs Suarez|
|David Fletcher||.000||Mark Canha||.000|
|Shohei Ohtani||.000||Elvis Andrus||.250|
|Jared Walsh||.667||Matt Olson||.500|
|Phil Gosselin||.000||Jed Lowrie||.000|
|Brandon Marsh||.000||Mitch Moreland||.000|
|Kurt Suzuki||.000||Matt Chapman||.000|
|Jose Iglesias||.333||Ramon Laureano||.000|
|Adam Eaton||.000||Sean Murphy||.000|
|Jack Mayfield||.000||Tony Kemp||.500|
The LA batters who’ve faced Kaprielian did not fare well outside of Jared Walsh, but the Angels lineup will look much differently on Tuesday then when they last faced him. That’s because all three of Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon and Justin Upton will miss the game due to injury, meaning Los Angeles will be down three of its top six hitters.
Also of note, David Fletcher’s hitting streak has finally been snapped. The 26-gamer he was riding was halted on Sunday in Seattle, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s crushed A’s pitching in 2021. He’s 14-for-32 against Oakland pitchers (.438), which is his second best mark against any team in the league.
Yesterday, David Fletcher hit three doubles, drove in 5 RBI, and extended his career-best hit streak to 26 games!#WeBelieve x @loanDepot pic.twitter.com/G0NjAG4KfF
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 18, 2021
Ohtani has hit two of his 34 home runs against Oakland this season, while Walsh has taken A’s pitchers deep four times.
On the other side of the diamond, Ramon Laureano is batting .348 against Angel pitching this season, and both he and Matt Olson have a pair of home runs versus LA.
Angels vs Athletics Pick
The Los Angeles Angels have had no problems scoring runs this season, preventing them has been the problem. The Halos rank sixth in runs per game through 92 contests, yet entered the week having conceded the fourth most runs in baseball.
Oakland is certainly no offensive juggernaut, ranking below league average in runs per game, but have performed well offensively against the Angels. The A’s are averaging 5.1 runs per game versus their division rival, and are 7-3 against them in 10 contests.
Sure, Suarez has pitched well this season, but he’s never made it out of the 5th inning in 19 career starts. A short outing could prove costly against the A’s, as Los Angeles relievers have allowed the fifth most runs in baseball, and boast the league’s fifth highest WHIP.
Pick: Oakland Athletics Moneyline (-140)
Chris began his career at Hockey Night in Canada over 15 years ago. He has since worked at TSN for over 12 years as a writer, line-up producer, field producer, newsroom supervisor for Sportscentre, and presently as a promotions producer.