Oakland is 9-1 in its last 10 games against Los Angeles.
**This preview was written before Saturday’s game was played**
Athletics Going For Fourth Consecutive WinThe Athletics followed up their three-game losing streak by winning their last three games. They are now 2.5 games behind New York in the Wildcard standings and will try to reduce the gap with another win over the Angels, which will give them their fourth win in a row.
Oakland is averaging 4.63 runs per game. Their .240 batting average is 19th in the league. Their .318 on base percentage is 14th, while their .408 slugging percentage is 15th.
Matt Olson has been the most consistent offensive player for the Athletics. He leads the team with a .277 batting average, 35 home runs, and 102 RBI.
Oakland’s pitching has also been good. Opponents have a .247 batting average against the Athletics, which is 17th in the league. Their 3.97 ERA is 12th, while their 1.25 WHIP is 11th.
In his last start, Montas gave up eight hits and four runs in 3.1 innings, leading to a 10-7 loss to Kansas City. They will need a better effort from him if they want to get the win.
Angels Going For Third Win In Four GamesThe Angels had their two-game winning streak snapped by the Athletics in their last game. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Athletics, which will give them their third win in their last four games.
Fletch to Stretch pic.twitter.com/7b2kyZOAD1— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) September 18, 2021
Los Angeles is averaging 4.48 runs per game. Their .247 batting average is 10th in the league. Their .310 on base percentage is 20th, while their .413 slugging percentage is 13th.
David Fletcher leads Los Angeles with a .276 batting average, while Shohei Ohtani leads the team with 44 home runs and 94 RBI.
Los Angeles’ pitching isn’t as good as the team’s offense. Opponents have a .251 batting average against the Angels, which is 20th in the league. Their 4.70 ERA is 21st, while their 1.39 WHIP is 25th.
In his last start, Ohtani gave up nine hits and six runs in 3.1 innings, leading to a 10-5 loss to Houston. They will need a significantly better performance from him if they want to win this game.
Los Angeles is:
- 1-5 in their last 6 vs. American League West.
- 1-5 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series.
- 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
- 3-1 in their last 4 overall.