Athletics & Angels Continue Big Series In Anaheim
By: Don Best Staff
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A huge series with playoff implications in the American League continues Wednesday night when the Los Angeles Angels host the Oakland Athletics.
Monday's series opener went to the A's who are looking to rebound from a sweep by the Angels in Oakland last week. The Halos will send Ervin Santana to the mound on Wednesday as a $1.25 favorite against Athletics rookie AJ Griffin. The third tilt in this 4-game affair will carry an 8-run total shaded 15-cents to the 'under.'
Griffin (5-0, 2.21) will be making his 11th big league start and has yet to allow more than three earned runs or two walks in any of his previous 10 outings. Don Best analyst Todd Fuhrman called Griffin a "hidden gem" in Bob Melvin's rotation.
The right-hander out of San Diego U. has been especially tough in his last two starts, combining for 12-1/3 innings while surrendering just two runs and striking out 12 in victories over Boston and Seattle. The A's are 8-2 when Griffin heads to the hill and Wednesday will be his first career appearance vs. the Angels.
Santana (8-11, 5.21) will be seeing the Oakland lineup for a third time in 2012, and is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in the previous two starts. Los Angeles has won his last two starts and is 6-1 in Santana's games since August opened.
Oakland leads the American League wild-card chase with the second-best record overall. The Angels are 3.5 behind the A's in that race and have both the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays to climb over to claim the second wild card spot.
"This is a team with as much talent as anybody in the American League," Fuhrman said of the Angels. "However, they haven't put it all together, and the real issue, they need to get things over the hump and they have 20 some-odd games to do it."
Fuhrman likes the -125 price on Santana and the Angels in Wednesday's contest.
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