Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Betting Preview

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The Los Angeles Angels are set to take the field against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Game 2 of an AL West doubleheader. The matchup will begin at 8:05 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports Southwest to catch the game.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Odds

The Angels are 62-65 SU and are 64-62 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 8.3 units for gamblers taking the moneyline, despite having gained 0.9 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the over has hit in all seven of them. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 61-64 SU and 70-54 ATS. The team’s gained 6.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 8.6 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread just once in its last seven games and the total has gone under in three of those seven.

Rangers games have an over/under record of 57-64-3 in 2019. Angels games have gone over 62 times, gone under 55 times and pushed on nine occasions.

Andrew Heaney will get the nod for the visiting Angels. The southpaw Heaney (2-3, 4.76 ERA) has racked up 64 punchouts in 56.2 innings so far. He’s 0-0 with eight strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA against Texas this year.

The Rangers will send lefty Joe Palumbo (0-1, 11.00 ERA) to the mound. Palumbo has seven punchouts and three walks to his name, along with a 1.78 WHIP. Palumbo has yet to face the Angels this year and did not accrue any MLB pitching stats in 2018.

As a unit, Texas’ pitchers have given up 5.4 runs per game overall in 2019. Its starters have a 5.13 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.87 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 8.7 K/9. In 59 games against AL West opponents, Rangers starters have an ERA of 5.52 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.88.

The Texas hitters have produced 5.1 runs per outing, including 5.4 per game against divisional foes and 5.4 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .293/.369/.450 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that span.

Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo have paced the Rangers’ hitters this year. Andrus is slashing .281/.319/.407 with nine home runs, 58 RBIs, 60 runs and 25 stolen bases, and Choo’s line is .272/.376/.478 with 20 homers, 47 RBIs and 76 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.46 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 8.41 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.73, along with a WHIP of 1.37 and a K-per-9 of 9.28.

Angels hitters have slashed .254/.334/.437 on their way to 5.1 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

David Fletcher and Mike Trout continue to lead Los Angeles’ hitters. Fletcher is slashing .286/.346/.397 with five home runs, 42 RBIs and 66 runs scored. Trout is hitting .298/.443/.661 with 41 homers, 96 RBIs and 100 runs scored.

The Angels have lost 10.3 units and are 17-22 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over’s hit in 17 of those games, compared to 20 that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers.

Angels vs. Rangers MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • Los Angeles has recorded 20 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Texas has 17 XBH over its last five.
  • The Angels have a team OPS of .771 this season, including an OPS of .743 against left-handed pitchers. The Rangers’ OPS stands at .766 overall and .748 against lefties.
  • Los Angeles has posted 26.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 26.8 over its last five.
  • Both teams have hit 13 home runs over their last 10 games.