Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Betting Preview

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The Los Angeles Angels will take on their division rival Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. Fox Sports Southwest will broadcast the matchup and the game gets underway at 3:05 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Odds

The Angels are 63-62 SU and have gone 57-67 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 7.9 units for moneyline bettors and 18.6 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 55-70 SU and 63-61 ATS. The team’s gained 0.6 units for moneyline bettors and 0.1 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in three of those seven.

Rangers games have an over/under record of 58-57-9 in 2018. Los Angeles has been a decent under bet with a total record of 54-61-9.

Jaime Barria will get the nod for the visiting Angels. The right-handed Barria is 8-7 with a 3.50 ERA and 71 strikeouts. He’s 2-0 with nine strikeouts and a 0.82 ERA against Texas this year (two starts).

The Rangers are putting the ball in the hands of righty Bartolo Colon (7-10, 5.19 ERA), who has 75 strikeouts and 23 walks to his credit, as well as a 1.26 WHIP. Colon is 0-1 with six strikeouts and a 10.50 ERA in one start against Los Angeles this year.

Texas’ pitchers have given up 5.3 runs per game overall this season as a unit. Its starters have a 5.44 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.19 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.1 K/9. In 53 divisional games, Rangers starters have an ERA of 5.08 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.83.

The Texas hitters have put up 4.9 runs per contest, including 4.4 per game against divisional foes and 6.0 per game over their last five. The team has hit .287/.354/.439 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Rangers’ hitters have been led by Shin-soo Choo and Jurickson Profar. Choo is slashing .281/.394/.477 with 20 home runs, 57 RBIs and 69 runs scored, while Profar’s line is .250/.334/.455 with 14 homers, 65 RBIs and 65 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Los Angeles’ pitching staff allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.29 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.79 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.67, along with a WHIP of 1.30 and a K-per-9 of 8.73.

Angels hitters have slashed .249/.322/.424 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and left fielder Justin Upton continue to lead Los Angeles’ hitters. Simmons is slashing .297/.348/.422 with eight home runs, 56 RBIs and 57 runs scored. Upton is hitting .267/.352/.474 with 26 homers, 74 RBIs and 69 runs scored.

The Angels have gained 2.3 units and are 44-44 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 41 of those games, compared to 42 that’ve hit the under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 1.3 units and are 44-41 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 37 of those games, as opposed to 44 that’ve cashed the under.

Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Rangers, ATS Winner – Angels, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • Los Angeles has recorded 16 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Texas has 14 XBH over its last five.
  • Los Angeles has posted 24.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 28.2 over its last five.
  • The Angels have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit 12 over their last 10.