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Oakland +130 over L.A. Angels
9:40 PM EST. Daulton Jefferies throws strikes and induces grounders. He has walked just five batters all year in 29 innings while posting an elite groundball rate of 53%. He’ll face an Angels’ team that leads the majors in both striking out and home runs. Wow, talk about feast or famine. That’s proof right there that the Halos are living and dying by the long ball, which is a difficult model to have sustained success with.
Chase Silseth (RHP - LAA) is a quick-rising 21-year-old that has gotten the call to make his major league debut with a spot start here against the Athletics. Silseth was an 11th-round pick in 2021 out of the University of Arizona and was off to a scorching start at Double-A to begin 2022—1.73 ERA, 2.4 BB/9 and 12.8 K/9 in five starts. He lacks athleticism from a 6’0”, 217-pound frame, but he has upped his fastball velocity this season and now mostly sits between 94-97 mph. Though it can be straight, he has learned to change speeds better and mix in two breaking balls. Silseth’s curveball may be his best pitch, featuring significant spin and late break. He also has a tight, hard slider and a split-change that has its moments. He has been much more efficient with his pitches this year and has learned to command his fastball to both sides of the plate. If he can continue to improve his control and pitch placement, he could be a big-time sleeper for the Angels. Some see an eventual move to the bullpen, but it is far too early to make that determination based upon his success thus far in the minors.
Perhaps the Angels win going away but c’mon man. This Angels starter was a Double-A starter two weeks ago. Even if he’s great, one never knows how a kid will react in his first ever MLB start. A rookie starter that was pitching at A-Ball very recently cannot be priced in this range on the road. Furthermore, the A’s are just 4-10 at home and that’s sure to improve because this is Moneyball and they’re always competitive and always tough to beat at RingCentral Coliseum. Now ring this and let’s cash this ticket.
Oakland +130 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.60)