A so far unsuccessful road trip ends for the Angels with a 3-game series with the A's. The pivotal matchup
between these clubs chasing the Rangers in the AL West starts Monday with the Angels sending their ace to the hill at The Coliseum opposite
Jarrod Parker of the A's.
Baseball betting particulars for the first game of the set
find the Angels settling in as consensus favorites of -150 on the morning odds. Some spots opened their MLB odds a
little higher before adjusting down, while others began lower and then added
The total for Game 1 is 6.5 and shaded 20 cents to the
OVER. Mound combatants Jered Weaver for
the Halos and Oakland's
Jarrod Parker are behind both numbers.
This is a very dangerous time of the season as clubs reach
the final third of the schedule. With a
little more than 50 games remaining, it's easy to dismiss a loss here, a loss
there with the notion that there is still plenty of time to make up ground in the
pennant races to secure a spot in the playoffs.
September is just around the corner, when defeats will be naturally
Who can forget the collapses by the Atlanta Braves and
Boston Red Sox last September? Certainly
not their fans, nor bettors who were holding futures on both clubs to win
division titles, league pennants or World Series crowns. While everyone recalls the September slumps
by Atlanta and Boston, few can tell you much about what both
squads did in August 2011.
The Braves and Red Sox each did well in the month preceding
their downfalls. Atlanta
breezed through August 2011 with a 17-9 mark while Boston, forced to play a few extra games in
order to make up a couple of rainouts, turned in a 17-12 record. What might have happened last October if the
Braves enjoyed an 18-8 month of August while the Red Sox went 18-11?
Monday's opener in Oakland
could eventually become that one win or one loss that allows either the Angels
or A's to play on once the regular season slate ends, or begin their offseason
Texas has opened the door
for both LA and Oakland
to make a move with the Rangers a pedestrian 11-10 since the all-star
break. The A's have taken advantage by going
15-7; the Angels have not with a 10-13 slide. Who knows? The one game that
could eventually mean the difference in the Halos going to the playoffs or not
may have already taken place.
Manager Mike Scioscia has the Angels rotation set up not only to win this series but to sweep it. With
all due respect to Dan Haren's pitching prowess, the Angels have their top
three starters going, starting with Weaver who will be followed by CJ Wilson
and the newly acquired Zack Greinke. It's definitely a trio of arms that can help the club recover from
losses in four of the last five games after beginning this 10-game trip with a
couple of big wins in Texas.
Meanwhile, Bob Melvin and the A's understand they aren't
expected to keep up their push into the playoff picture, and know the
importance of this series in terms of shedding the pretender label. Oakland played
a key role in the Angels' early season woes by taking four of six games played
at Anaheim back
in April and May. The Angels started to really get the ball rolling from May
21-23 when they claimed two of three in Oakland,
the last time the squads met.
All but one of the nine previous meetings this season have
stayed UNDER the total. The lone
exception just barely eclipsed a 7-run mark in Anaheim.
pick: Angels -150