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Oakland +103 over L.A. Angels
4:07 PM EST. Pinnacle has the best number here at +106, but you can play -105 at Bet365 if you choose.
In case you missed it, the Angels traded Raisel Iglesias for Jesse Chavez and Tucker Davidson. That’s nice. Truly. Also, in case you missed it, the Angels have been MLB’s most listless franchise for most if not all of the Trout era. You can quadruple that sentiment this year. They re-signed Iglesias to a four-year deal in the offseason. His ERA is a little inflated this year, but he’s largely been as good as ever, and he’s been one of the better relievers in the game for a while now. And then they just salary dumped him off for a 38-year-old middle reliever on a one-year deal and a 26-year-old utility arm? What is the process here exactly? Why would you trade for and keep Chavez? How is any of this helping you in 2023, the last year you will have Shohei Ohtani under contract? Make it make sense for Christ’s sake. At least do that.
Should we not just be fading the Angels every game from now to the end of the season. Nobody wants to be here. If management doesn’t give a f**k, why would the players? It’s early August and the Angels are playing out the string.
Jason Junk (RHP - LAA) had four starts in the big leagues in 2021 after being acquired from the Yankees. This year he has made two appearances (one start) covering nine innings. He is a short, athletic pitcher with a repeatable delivery. His velocity has increased in recent years and now sits between 92-95 mph while touching 97. Junk uses two breaking balls—a hard, tight slider and a slow, loopy curveball. Though he has a change-up in his arsenal, it isn’t the most effective pitch. As a result, his strikeout rate is rather ordinary, but he throws quality strikes and doesn’t beat himself with walks. Junk has mostly been a starter throughout his career and actually looks pretty good but we don’t care. Shohei Ohtani started last night and the Angels scored once in a 3-1 loss. Two runs is a breakout for this pathetic bunch.
Paul Blackburn (RHP - OAK) is looking like a legit sub-4.00 ERA pitcher even though his overall 4.15 ERA might suggest otherwise. After being not much more than a groundball pitcher in the past, he has added over three points to his swinging strike rate, and his control building blocks have gone from poor (weak% First-pitch strike rate, 40% Ball%) to strong (67% First-pitch strike rate, 33% Ball%). Blackburn has a 2.60 xERA over his last three starts with an off-the-charts groundball rate of 68%.
Oakland +103 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.06)