The Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Angels needed more than nine innings to decide the outcome of their season opener on Friday night. The two teams also made some history in this game as it was the first time that the new extra-inning rule took effect.
Major League Baseball was looking for a quicker way to end games that head into extra innings. Each team will start with a runner on second base beginning in the extra inning, which should speed the games up.
Los Angeles had its runner at second base erased immediately as the A’s made a play on the runner at third base. This ended the scoring threat for the Angels and took away their chance to win.
Angels manager Joe Maddon decided to load the bases up in the bottom of the 10th inning, then brought in a lefty to face Matt Olson. Olson made Maddon regret that decision as he blasted a game-winning grand slam to end the game in the 10th.
Angels Favored in Series Finale
The Angels were able to tie this season-opening series up at a game apiece on Saturday with a 4-1 victory, and they’re favored to make it two straight victories on Sunday.
FanDuel Sportsbook has the Los Angeles Angels at -120, while the Oakland A’s are listed at +104.
Shohei Ohtani will get the start for Los Angeles, as Maddon has said he will be starting Ohtani on Sundays only this season. Mike Fiers will take the mound for Oakland, trying to get the A’s back on the winning track.
Teams Still Chasing Astros
The A’s and Angels are expected to battle it out for second place in the AL West this season behind the Houston Astros.
The Houston Astros are -145 at FanDuel Sportsbook to win the division, making them the clear favorites. Houston is also listed at +900 to win the World Series, which would give them their second title in just three seasons.
The Oakland Athletics have slightly better odds than the Los Angeles Angels to win the AL West. FanDuel has the A’s at +230 and the Angels at +500.
Rendon Working On Being Ready To Go
Newly-acquired third baseman Anthony Rendon continues to try to work his way back from an oblique injury and give the Angels the big bat they were hoping for this season. Rendon signed as a free agent in the offseason after helping the Washington Nationals to their first World Series title last year.
Rendon took some grounders and swings before Saturday’s game as he tries to get into the Angels’ lineup. Maddon said Rendon was fine after his work, which will increase on Sunday, and that Rendon is trending in the right direction.