Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Free Pick

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The Texas Rangers will welcome the Los Angeles Angels to Globe Life Park in the 1 game of an AL West doubleheader. The game gets underway 2:05 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Southwest will broadcast the matchup.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Odds

Los Angeles (receiving -140) is entering this game as the favorite over Texas (+130) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this one at 11 runs (-105 for the under and -115 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the runline odds standing at Angels -1.5 runs (+105) and Rangers +1.5 runs (-125).

The Rangers are 61-64 straight up (SU) and 70-54 against the spread (ATS). They’ve 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 under has hit in three of those seven. On the other hand, the Angels have gone 62-65 SU this year and are 64-62 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 8.3 units for gamblers taking the moneyline, but have gained 0.9 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in all seven of them.

Rangers games have had an over/under record of 57-64-3 in 2019. Los Angeles has been a decent over bet with a total record of 62-55-9.

Jaime Barria will get the start for Los Angeles. The right-handed Barria is 4-6 with a 6.62 ERA and 51 strikeouts. He’s 1-1 with 11 strikeouts and a 5.40 ERA against Texas this year (two starts).

The Rangers are sending Brock Burke to the mound. This game represents the first MLB start of the season for the lefty Burke.

As a unit, Texas’ pitchers have yielded 5.4 runs per game overall in 2019. The club’s 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 divisional games, Rangers starters have an ERA of 5.52 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.88.

The Texas hitters have put up 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 contests and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo have led the Rangers’ batters this year. Andrus is hitting .281/.319/.407 with nine home runs, 58 RBIs, 60 runs and 25 steals, while Choo is hitting .272 with 20 homers, 47 RBIs and 76 runs.

In the other dugout, Los Angeles’ pitching staff 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 managed an ERA of 4.73, along with a WHIP of 1.37 and a K/9 of 9.28.

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

Los Angeles’ offensive production has been sparked by David Fletcher and Mike Trout, who have combined to belt 46 home runs. Fletcher is hitting .286/.346/.397 with five home runs, 42 RBIs and 66 runs scored, while Trout is slashing .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 has hit in 17 of those games, compared to 20 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers.

Angels at Rangers MLB Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in seven of Los Angeles’ last seven outings.
  • Each team has hit 13 home runs over its last 10 games.
  • The Angels have a team OPS of .771 this season and an OPS of .743 against left-handed pitchers. The Rangers’ OPS sits at .766 overall and .748 against lefties.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 26.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 26.8 over its last five.