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That Oakland Athletics have been good this season with a 56-46 record giving them 2nd in AL west. One of the team’s bright spots has been their pitch rotation. They only allow 4 runs per. Match, which is good for the top 10 in the league. They will look to continue this with Frankie Montas ready to take the mound for this matchup.
That Los Angeles Angels has jumped through the season. They have a 50-50 record, giving them 4th in AL west. They score 4.8 runs per. Match, which is the top 10 in the league, but they struggle to keep races off the table. They are at the bottom of the league and allow 5.1 runs per game. Match. The Angels will look to change that with Alex Cobb set to take the mound.
Defense is the best offense
Oakland Athletics went from a franchise that could not reach the playoffs to a team that competes every year for the World Series. This season, it looks like they have a chance to do the same with their defense as strong. They have a winning record due to their defensive strength and improve every game. I could see the team being at the top of the league in allowed races. Frankie Montas will have the confidence to continue their amazing pitching performance in this game.
Frankie Montas is 8-8 this season with a 4.34 ERA in 112 IP. Compared to the rest of the pitch staff, Montas has not been good. He has one of the highest ERAs on the team and looks set to get started. A bright spot for him is that he has 122 Ks and his aggressive style brings a different look to the athletics team.
Injured players in athletics include Mike Fiers, Trevor Rosenthal and Chad Pinder.
Need more than just running
The Angels have only been competitive because of the number of runs they score. They score 4.8 runs per. Match and should have a much better record if they kept some runs off the scoreboard. They allow 5.1 runs per. Play and need to find a better connection with their pitch staff. A bright spot in their pitching staff has been Alex Cobb getting started in this game.
Cobb has had a great season on a shaky Angels pitching streak. He has a 7-3 record with a 3.82 ERA in 77.2 IP. He has been impressive considering he allows 2 runs less than the team average this season. He will have to continue his good run if the Angels are to win this game against athletics. Angels bats will not be enough to win against a defensive team like athletics.
Athletic injuries include Dexter Fowler, Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Franklin Barreto, Jared Walsh and Luke Bard.
- Athletics: Athletics is 0-4 in their last 4 matches with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
- Athletics: Athletics is 3-7 in their last 10 in Game 1 of a series.
- Angels: Angels are 4-0 in their last 4 games against a right-handed starter.
- Angels: The Angels are 7-3 in their last 10 home games with the overall set at 7.0-8.5.