The surging Los Angeles Angels will send surprising righthander Jerome Williams to the mound to face Guillermo Moscoso and the host Athletics as they try to inch closer to a postseason berth in MLB betting action on Tuesday night at O.co Coliseum (10:05 pm Eastern).
After winning two out of three games in successive series against each of the Yankees, Mariners, and Twins since the beginning of September, the Angels are making first-place Texas sweat in the battle for the AL West division title. And with the Boston Red Sox enduring a September swoon, even the Wild Card is suddenly within striking distance as the AL playoff picture has become increasingly crowded heading into the final two weeks of regular-season play.
Williams, 29, has won all three of his starts since joining the Angels’ pitching staff in August, and has posted an impressive 1.05 WHIP in 25 2/3 innings of work which also includes three appearances out of the bullpen. In his most recent start, Williams baffled the Mariners while giving up just one earned run with five strikeouts in eight innings pitched on his way to a 3-1 win last Wednesday.
Moscoso (8-8, 1.14 WHIP), pitched even better than Williams last Wednesday, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning before allowing a two-out single in Oakland’s 7-0 rout of the Royals. Moscoso finished with a stellar pitching line of two hits and one walk allowed while striking out four batters in 8 2/3 innings of work.
This will be the middle game of a crucial three-game series for the Angels, withJered Weaver (16-7, 2.44 ERA) slated to face Rich Harden (4-2, 4.74 ERA) on Wednesday before they head across the country for a weekend series in Baltimore.
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