Free MLB Picks Today: Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 10/3/22

Free MLB Picks Today: Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 10/3/22
Mon 3rd October 2022

Two of the lowest-scoring offenses in baseball are set to face off at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Monday as the Los Angeles Angels (73-86) are on the road to face the Oakland Athletics (57-102) for the first of a three-game series. The Angels just wrapped up an unbeaten six-game homestand. They are coming off a three-game sweep of the Rangers, taking the finale 8-3 on Sunday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim for their seventh straight win. Mike Trout was 3 for 4 with a home run and two runs. Livan Soto also went 3 for 4 with a double, one run, and two RBIs. The Athletics just wrapped up a difficult six-game road trip (1-5). They lost two of three against the Mariners in their last series, taking the finale 10-3 on Sunday at T-Mobile Park. Shea Langeliers went 2 for 4 with two home runs and four RBIs. Cristian Pache added a home run and two RBIs.


The Angels have won 12 of 16 in the season series between the AL West rivals, including a 4-2 victory in their most recent meeting on Thursday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Starter Shohei Ohtani threw eight scoreless innings – striking out 10 – to get the win, and Ryan Tepera pitched 0.1 scoreless innings to pick up his fifth save.


Patrick Sandoval (6-9, 3.01 ERA) is in line to get the start for Los Angeles. The LHP matches up against the Athletics in back-to-back starts. He allowed three runs over 5.1 innings on Tuesday, a 4-3 road win. He gave up six hits while striking out four and walking two in the no-decision. Over three previous starts against the Athletics this season, Sandoval has allowed only five earned runs over 19 innings (2-0, 2.37). He has struck out 15 and walked seven. For Oakland, RHP Adrian Martinez (4-6, 6.10 ERA) is on the mound. His only prior start against the Angels this season was his last outing, when Martinez gave up three runs over 4.2 innings in a 4-1 road defeat on Wednesday. He gave up five hits while striking out four in the loss.


The Los Angeles offense is averaging 3.9 runs per game for the season, third lowest in the AL, with a slash line of .233/.296/.391. Ohtani leads the team in OPS at .886. He is slashing .276/.359/.527 with 34 home runs, 94 RBIs, and 89 runs over 154 games. Against right-handed pitchers like Martinez this season, the Halos have a .695 OPS. Ohtani also is the team’s most productive hitter against right-handers with a .926 OPS in 373 at-bats. Oakland is slashing .215/.280/.345 for the season and averaging 3.5 runs per game, second lowest in MLB. Sean Murphy leads the team with a .761 OPS. The catcher has 18 home runs, 66 RBIs, and 67 runs scored with a slash line of .248/.332/.429. The A’s have a .632 OPS against left-handers in 2022, second lowest in the league. With a .858 OPS over 128 at-bats, Murphy also has been their best hitter against left-handers.


Los Angeles is 33-45 in away games in 2022, scoring 3.7 runs per game while allowing 4.1 runs. Oakland has gone 26-52 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum this season, averaging 3.1 runs per game while surrendering 5.1. In the last 10 meetings at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Los Angeles is 6-4 with an average scoreline of 3.4-2.9.


The Angels are third in the AL West, 31 games behind the division-leading Astros. The Athletics are fifth in the AL West, 47 games behind the Astros.

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LA Angels (-165)

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