The American League Wild Card race is incredibly tight, with five teams separated by just four games in the standings. Oakland holds the top spot by one game over Kansas City with Seattle, Cleveland and New York bringing up the rear. The A’s have fallen from their perch atop the AL West with a dismal two months of baseball, allowing the Angels to win the division title and open a 9.5-game lead. Oakland won the first game of this series on Monday and we like them to win game two tonight.

Athletics still have a long way to go before playoffs

Oakland is still not safe atop the AL Wild Card. They have just a one-game lead on the second-place Royals. With three other teams looking for a spot in the Wild Card game, the A’s cannot afford to drop any games the rest of the way if they want to secure a playoff spot. That task will be difficult as the Angels are trying to prevent the Orioles from clinching home-field throughout the AL playoffs.

Angels closing in on home-field advantage in AL playoffs

With the AL West title in their back pocket, the Angels have shifted their focus to grabbing the best record in the American League as the playoffs near. Los Angeles is 2.5 games ahead of the Orioles for the best record in the AL with just a handful of games remaining on the schedule. Los Angeles has lost two straight, but have not lost more than that since a four-game losing streak from August 5-8. 

Wade LeBlanc takes on Sonny Gray in Oakland on Tuesday night as both teams still have goals to meet prior to the playoffs. We will place our bet at the sportsbook found at, where the A’s are home chalk to win this game. We will drop 10 percent of our bankroll on the A’s and the -190 money line.

Angels vs A's 9-23-14