April 1, 2018
There is one pick today.
Take Los Angeles Angels (-126) on the ML against Oakland Athletics risking 3.78% to win 3%.
(Ohtani and Gossett must start for wager to have action)
There has been a lot of hype this offseason about the LA Angels acquiring Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani, and this afternoon the hype-train will pull into the station. Along with any kind of hype, there are always those who refuse to buy into an unproven commodity and as such, blindly fade the notion of backing the hype. We believe there is something similar going on in this case. There are a lot of so-called 'experts' expecting Ohtani to struggle in his first Major League start. While we certainly believe he will be nervous, what we have seen from his actual mechanics and pitch selection is very promising, especially against hitters who have no experience against him.
Ohtani features a high-velocity plus-fastball with late rising action that he can throw for strikes to both sides of the plate. He also has a devastating slider and splitter that makes a late break to drop out of the zone which he uses to put away hitters along with the high fastball. We expect he will catch a lot of hitters by surprise in this matchup, especially in his first trip through the order.
The A's were supposed to start Andrew Triggs in this contest, but a late scratch now places Daniel Gossett on the mound for this contest. While Gossett has more experience than his counterpart, let's not forget that he was a rookie last year and didn't exactly have a good season. Gossett started 18 games a year ago and managed to go just 4-11 with a 6.1 ERA and WHIP of 1.61. He was a very hittable pitcher last season and is now faced with going up against one of the more potent lineups in the league.
We believe the angels have the edge on the mound in this matchup. Even if Ohtani struggles in his first major league start, we feel that the Angels offense should be able to make up for any mistakes made on the mound as their offense is seeing the ball extremely well to start the season. They should be able to do some damage against Gossett and that will be the difference in this contest.
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