- The Athletics are in 2nd in the AL West, 3.5 games back of the Astros
- Oakland is 28-24 when playing at home.
- The Angels, who sit in fourth in the division, are 19-24 on the road this year.
Monday will feature an AL West showdown as the Los Angeles Angels (46-46) take on the Oakland Athletics (53-42). This will be the first of a brief, two-game series between the two.
Coming out of the All-Star break, the Angels dropped their series against the Seattle Mariners over the weekend. They lost two of three, including a 7-4 loss on Sunday. In the loss, Shohei Ohtani hit his 34th home run of the season.
Oakland also lost their series against the Cleveland Indians over the weekend. They won the first game Friday but lost 3-2 on Saturday and 4-2 on Sunday. The A’s managed just four hits in Sunday’s loss.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Athletics Schedule
- Where: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
- When: Monday, July 19, 9:40 pm ET
- Where to Watch: MLB Network, Bally Sports West (Angels), NBCSCA (Athletics)
Angels vs. Athletics Vegas Odds
Shohei Makes First Start Since All-Star Break
Shohei Ohtani has easily been one of the most captivating players in all of baseball this season, exemplified by his selection as a starting pitcher and hitter in this year’s All-Star game. After making the start for the American League, he will be making his first start of the second half Monday.
On the mound, Ohtani has gone 4-1 with a 3.49 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 13 starts. Over 67 innings, he has struck out 87 while walking 35.
At the plate, he has even been more remarkable. Ohtani is hitting .277/.363/.688 with 34 home runs, 74 runs batted in, and 66 runs scored. It is no wonder that he is an early candidate for American League MVP this year.
As great as Ohtani has been, the Angels are still just 46-46. Fourth in the division and nine games back of the Houston Astros, the Angels have a ton of work to do to get back in the division race.
Athletics Try To Start Winning Streak
Having lost two in a row and six of their last ten, the Oakland Athletics have fallen to 3.5 games behind the Astros in the division. At 28-24 at home, the Athletics will hope to find success at the Coliseum in this short two-game series.
Oakland will turn to lefty Cole Irvin (6-8, 3.65 ERA) in the opener Monday. In his last start, a 3-2 loss to the Rangers, Irvin went five innings, allowing three runs and striking out five.
Offensively, the Athletics have been led by first baseman Matt Olson. He leads the team in home runs (23), runs batted in (60), and runs scored (60). He is also hitting .285/.374/.570.
Albeit in just six at-bats, third baseman Matt Chapman has had some success against Ohtani in his career. He is two for six with a home run and three runs batted in.
Angels vs. Athletics Prediction & Pick
Who wins the Angels vs. Athletics game tonight:
Something has to give in this one. Ohtani took a loss against the A’s on May 28, allowing three runs, while Irvin has given up seven runs in a loss and a no-decision against the Angels this season.
While Irvin has had a respectable season this year, expect Ohtani to show why he was an All-Star. Take Ohtani and the Angels to win on the road against the A’s.
Angels 4 – Athletics 2
- Angels to win