Three straight winners after the Diamondbacks took care of business last night, topping Clayton Kershaw and the freefalling Dodgers 1-0, cashing as a nice home underdog. Looking to make it four straight winners with yet another West Coast underdog, as Oakland tries to shove some more dirt on the Angels’ playoff hopes.
A week ago today, the Angels completed a three-game sweep at Oakland, outscoring the A’s 21-5 in the process. Take away those three contests, and here’s Oakland’s record since Aug. 16: 20-2, including exacting a little revenge from last week’s debacle against the Angels by taking the first two games of this series in Anaheim. And those two victories are part of the A’s ongoing 11-game road winning streak! (Now is when I direct you back to the top of this page to check out the odds for this game.)
True, prior to the last two nights, the Angels were in the midst of a 15-3 run, and they haven’t lost three in a row since getting swept by Tampa Bay in a four-game home series from Aug. 16-19. Which means this one likely will boil down to the starting pitching matchup. Um, advantage Oakland. While the Angels are going with the erratic Ervin Santana (8-11, 5.21 ERA overall; 3-6, 4.58 at home), the A’s are handing the ball to rookie A.J. Griffin, who is 5-0 with a 2.21 ERA in his first 10 major-league starts, eight of which Oakland has won. Stunningly, Griffin has been even better on the road (3-0, 1.54 ERA) than in his pitcher-friendly home ballpark. And the best part about tonight? The Angels have not faced Griffin, which is usually to the pitcher’s advantage—if that pitcher is any good. Griffin is very good.
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Tuesday’s Result: D-Backs (+125) vs. Dodgers (Win)