The Los Angeles Angels (58-51) and Oakland Athletics (58-50) open up an important three-game American League West series on Monday night in the Bay Area, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 ET

Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics 

Los Angeles Angels SP Jered Weaver has been spectacular over his last 11 outings

Los Angeles has compiled a 3-4 record to open its 10-game road trip, suffering a 4-2 setback to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon, as the bullpen continues to blow late-inning leads.  “We’ve had a rough three weeks as far as our starters,” commented Angels manager Mike Scioscia.  “It has impacted our bullpen.”  The Angels have gotten no production out of high-priced outfielder Vernon Wells since he returned from the disabled list, going hitless in his last 15 at-bats.  Los Angeles is 14-5 as a road favorite of -125 to -150 this season, with the “under” going 10-8 in that situation.

Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (14-1, 2.29 ERA) has been absolutely brilliant over his last 11 starts, posting a 9-0 record and 1.85 ERA in that span.  The right-hander is 6-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 10 road outings, surrendering seven home runs in 63.1 combined frames.  In 22 career starts versus the Athletics, Weaver has compiled an even 7-7 record and 2.63 ERA, including a 3-1 road win in this series on May 23.

Oakland has leveled off a bit in August after a torrid July, dropping the last two games of a four-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays, but each of those setbacks were by two or fewer runs.  “The schedule has not been in our favor in that we’ve played so many games in a row,” commented Athletics manager Bob Melvin.  “We do finally have an off day after the Angels series.”  Oakland is 6-8 as a home underdog of +125 to +150 this season, with the “under” going 9-5 in that situation.

Athletics starting pitcher Jarrod Parker (7-5, 3.44 ERA) suffered a 4-1 home loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in his last outing, giving up three runs and eight hits over six frames.  The right-hander is 3-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 10 home outings, surrendering just two home runs in 65.1 innings.  Parker didn’t factor into the decision in his only career effort against the Angels on May 23, allowing one run and five hits over seven frames in a 3-1 home loss.

Sports bettors will likely back the Angels due to their 6-1 mark in Weaver’s last seven starts in this series, while the Athletics are 3-7 in their last 10 home games with a total of 6.5 or lower.

Pick:  Los Angeles Angels -150

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