Oakland @ LA Angels Betting Preview

Josh DonaldsonThe Oakland As own the best road record in baseball over the past two-plus seasons and that success is continuing early in 2014.

Josh Donaldson looks to extend his hot stretch at the plate while helping the A’s close a nine-game road trip with their eighth win during the swing Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

Oakland (10-4) leads the majors with a 94-75 road record since 2012 — a big reason why the team is the two-time reigning AL West champion.

It has carried over into this year, with the A’s going 7-1 so far on a trip that opened their road schedule following a 6-3 home victory over Seattle on April 6.

The bats are making a difference with a .261 average over the past nine games after mustering .214 at the plate through the first five.

Donaldson has been a big part of it, hitting .357 with nine RBIs and as many runs in nine games after going 2 for 22 in the previous five. The third baseman’s third hit Tuesday was a double in the 11th that scored Jed Lowrie to secure a 10-9 victory over the Angels (6-8).

While the A’s are hot on the road, the Angels are trying to end this six-game homestand at .500.

They’ll likely need a better effort on the mound after compiling a 4.42 ERA over the past five games.

Giving the ball to Tyler Skaggs (1-0, 2.40 ERA) could help if he’s able to bounce back from his latest performance. The left-hander gave up four runs and nine hits in seven innings of Friday’s 5-4 win in 11 over the New York Mets.

Back Oakland to extend their road run at +100.

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