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MLB Picks: Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics

Jeff GrantContributor IJuly 25, 2013

MLB Picks: Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics

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    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson is 2-0 with a 3.41 ERA in three starts against the Oakland Athletics this season. That's important to consider when making your MLB picks Thursday, as the two teams open up a four-game series at O.co Coliseum.

    Courtesy of SBR Forum, the Angels are plus-100 road underdogs in the pro baseball odds, with the betting total sitting at 7.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this American League West matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

Los Angeles Angels

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    The Los Angeles Angels snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday, as they picked up a 1-0 home victory over the Minnesota Twins as minus-235 home favorites.

    MLB handicappers will find that the Angels have lost nine of their last 13 games against the Oakland Athletics.

Oakland Athletics

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    The Oakland Athletics return home from a 3-3 road trip, which included a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros as minus-175 favorites Wednesday.

    Athletics starting pitcher Dan Straily is 1-1 with a 6.26 ERA in four career starts against the Los Angeles Angels.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Los Angeles Angels in the first five innings, as they've gone 13-6 in their last 19 games versus right-handed starters.

    MLB Pick: Los Angeles Angels minus-101 First Five Innings

     

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