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Allie O'Neill is here with an MLB pick for October 4. Come find out her MLB bet of the day for the Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels.
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Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds, Pick, Prediction: Can Michael Lorenzen Quiet Athletics Early?

Tonight, the LA Angels and Oakland Athletics play into the second game of their last series of the season. I doubt the Angels expected to find themselves out of playoff contention so early, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying to close out their regular season on a positive note. Last night, the A’s made a shocking 8th inning comeback, picking up a 5-4 victory in extra innings. Not only did this bust the Angels’ seven-game win streak, but it also ended a six-game win streak against the Athletics. This season, the Angels are 12-5 against the A’s and 5-2 when playing in Oakland. 

Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: October 4, 2022
  • Game Time: 9:40 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: MLB.TV

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Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Prediction

The Athletics have been Michael Lorenzen’s favorite opponent. He’s 3-0 against the A’s this year. In 18.0 innings pitched, he only allowed Oakland a single earned run, giving him an impressive 0.50 ERA. Lorenzen’s latest start was last week when the A’s came to Anaheim. He led the Angels to a 4-1 win, pitching five innings and allowing only three hits and just one unearned run.

On the other hand, the A’s have not fared well in Cole Irvin’s starts against the Angels. Last week, Irvin allowed the Angels three runs off of nine hits in four innings. While he’s recorded a respectable 3.38 ERA over 24 innings versus Anaheim, he's 0-4 against them this season. A quick comparison of Irvin’s recent stats to Lorenzen’s gives me more confidence that fading Irvin is the right decision. Irvin has an 8.27 ERA and 1.81 WHIP in his last six starts. He has been better at home, but I don’t think the Angels take it easy on him after last night. 

I expect the Angels to pick up another victory, but I’d prefer to leave the bullpens out of it. Instead, let’s play to the Angels’ starting pitching advantage and take the Angels F5 ML -135 (available at Caesars Sportsbook). This has cashed in all three of Lorenzen’s starts against the A’s and in all four of Irvin’s starts against the Angels. Back the away team to pick up an early lead. 

Athletics vs. Angels Pick

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Allie enjoys the challenge of betting on the NHL and MLB. Allie appears regularly on the SportsLine podcast Early Edge. She is also a diehard Alabama Crimson Tide fan.

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