The Los Angeles Angels are traveling east to play their divisional rival Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. The matchup will begin at 8:05 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Southwest is in line to televise the game.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Odds
The Rangers are 4-7 SU and 4-6 ATS. They’ve lost 0.3 units for moneyline bettors and 3.6 units against the spread (ATS). Texas has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Angels have gone 7-3 SU this year and are 5-4 ATS. In total, the teams gained 3.1 units for moneyline gamblers over the early part of the year and 2.1 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven.
Texas games have had an over/under record of 3-6-1 so far in 2018. Angels games have gone over six times, gone under three times and pushed on zero instances.
The Angels have gained 2.1 units and are 5-3 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in six of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Rangers have lost 1.0 units and are 3-5 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs cashed in three of those games, compared to four that went under.
Garrett Richards (1-0, 5.06 ERA) will get the start for the visiting Angels. The right-handed Richards struck out 27 hitters over 27 innings last year (six starts) while finishing the season 0-2 overall with a 2.28 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.
The Rangers have tabbed righty Doug Fister (1-1, 3.12 ERA) as their starter. Fister struck out 83 hitters across 90 innings last year with 38 walks. Fister finished the season 5-9 overall with a 4.88 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.
As a unit, Texas pitching staff has given up 4.6 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.67, a WHIP of 1.57 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.2. The bullpen has a 3.56 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9.4 K/9. In eight divisional games, Rangers starters have an ERA of 3.89 and the bullpens ERA is 4.40.
The Texas hitters are putting up 3.5 runs per outing, including 4.4 per game over their last five. The team has hit .263/.328/.401 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.
Shin-soo Choo and Elvis Andrus have led the Rangers offense so far. Choo is slashing .325/.386/.625 with 13 hits, six RBIs and six runs scored, and Andrus has put up a line of .372/.426/.512 with 16 hits, four RBIs and five runs.
In the other dugout, Los Angeles pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 4.99 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 9.06 K/9. The bullpen has an outstanding ERA of just 2.51, along with a WHIP of 1.23.
Angels hitters have slashed .264/.320/.469 on their way to 6.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including over the teams last five outings (4-1 SU).
Los Angeles offense has been led by Shohei Ohtani and Justin Upton. Ohtani is slashing .389/.421/.889 with seven hits, seven RBIs and four runs scored, while Upton has a .282 average with 11 hits, three homers, nine RBIs and seven runs scored.
Upton did not do especially well against righty pitching on the road last year, maintaining a slash line of .217/.311/.420 across 257 such plate appearances (his total season line was .273/.361/.540).
Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Rangers, ATS Winner – Angels, O/U – OVER
- The Angels have won four of their last five games SU.
- Texas has posted 19.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 22.0 over its last five.
- The Angels have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games, including 13 over their last five.