Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Matchup

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The Texas Rangers will face off against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park. Fox Sports Southwest will be televising the matchup and the game is scheduled to get going at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Odds

The Angels are 62-62 SU and have gone 57-66 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 16.7 units ATS. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 55-69 SU and 62-61 ATS. The team has lost 0.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 1.6 units ATS.

Texas games have a 58-56-9 over/under record in 2018. The Angels have been a decent under bet with a total record of 54-60-9.

Andrew Heaney is getting the nod for the visiting Angels. The southpaw Heaney (7-7, 3.88 ERA) has racked up 128 strikeouts in 134.2 innings so far. This is his first start against Texas this year. He did make two starts against the team in 2017, posting a 0-1 record with a 9.72 ERA and nine strikeouts.

The Rangers are turning to lefty Martin Perez (2-5, 6.71 ERA), who has 35 punchouts and 23 walks to his name as well as a 1.96 WHIP. Perez is 0-1 with two strikeouts and a 24.00 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. The team’s starters have a 5.41 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.12 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.1 K/9. In 52 games against AL West opponents, Rangers starters have an ERA of 4.99 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.66.

The Texas offense has put up 4.8 runs per outing, including 4.4 per game against divisional foes and 5.0 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .247/.328/.399 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Shin-soo Choo has helped lead the Rangers’ offense this year with 20 home runs, 57 RBIs and 69 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starters own a 4.24 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.79 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.68, along with a WHIP of 1.29 and a K/9 of 8.78.

Angels hitters have slashed .248/.321/.422 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Andrelton Simmons has provided a spark to the Los Angeles offense. Simmons is slashing .301/.352/.427 with eight home runs, 56 RBIs and 57 runs scored.

The Rangers are looking for another win following a 6-4 victory in the prior game of this series.

Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers MLB Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in four of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • The Angels have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit 15 over their last 10.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 24 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 24 over its last five.