Free MLB Picks Today: Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 10/5/22

Free MLB Picks Today: Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 10/5/22
Wed 5th October 2022

The early total has been set at 7 runs (O: +100 | U: -120). The Athletics (59-102) leads the series 2-0 after winning 2-1 in 10 innings on Tuesday, their sixth head-to-head victory in 18 games this season. A.J. Puk threw one scoreless inning in relief to get the win. Seth Brown went 1 for 3 with one RBI in the win. Livan Soto was 1 for 1 with one run for the Angels (73-88).


Shohei Ohtani (15-8, 2.35 ERA) is set to take the mound for Los Angeles. The RHP ranks third in the AL in strikeouts (213), fourth in ERA, and tied for fourth in wins. Ohtani faces the Athletics in back-to-back starts. On Thursday, he threw eight scoreless innings, a 4-2 road win. He got the win, yielding two hits while striking out 10 and walking one. Over three previous starts against the Athletics this season, Ohtani has allowed only two earned runs over 19.2 innings (2-1, 0.92). He has struck out 22 and walked five. Southpaw Ken Waldichuk (1-2, 6.18 ERA) will toe the rubber for Oakland. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Angels. In his last start on Friday, Waldichuk took a no-decision on the road against the Mariners. He threw five innings and gave up one run on three hits, striking out eight and walking two in the 2-1 loss.


Over the last five games, Los Angeles has averaged 4.0 runs a game, a small gain compared to their season average of 3.9. Against southpaws like Waldichuk this season, the Halos have a .663 OPS. Mike Trout is the team’s best hitter against left-handers with a 1.046 OPS in 114 at-bats. Oakland is averaging 3.8 runs per game in the last five, up slightly from 3.5 for the season. The A’s have a .623 OPS against righties in 2022, second lowest in the league. With a .799 OPS over 405 at-bats, Brown has been their best hitter against right-handers.


Los Angeles is 33-47 in road games in 2022, scoring 3.6 runs per game while allowing 4.1 runs. Oakland has gone 28-52 at their home ballpark this season, averaging 3.1 runs per game while surrendering 5.0. Los Angeles is 6-4 in the last 10 meetings at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum with an average scoreline of 3.4-2.4.


The Angels are third in the AL West, 32 games behind the division-leading Astros. The Athletics are fifth in the AL West, 46 games behind the Astros.

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LA Angels (-250)

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