Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Free Pick

Jose VasquezArticles, Baseball, MLB

The Texas Rangers are set to host their divisional rival Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park. Fox Sports Southwest will be televising the matchup and the game gets going at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Odds

Vegas has offered equal -105 moneyline odds on both of these teams. Bettors can wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at -120 for over 10.5 runs and +100 for under 10.5. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds standing at +140 for the Angels -1.5 runs and -160 for the Rangers +1.5.

The Angels have gone 66-71 SU this year and are 63-73 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 9.7 units for moneyline bettors and 19.6 units ATS. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 60-77 SU and 67-69 ATS. The team has lost 2.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 6.0 units ATS.

Rangers games have had an over/under record of 63-63-10 in 2018. Los Angeles has been a decent under bet with a total record of 60-67-9.

Matt Shoemaker will get the start for Los Angeles. The right-handed Shoemaker is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA and four strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Rangers are sending Jeffrey Springs (0-0, 2.55 ERA) to the mound. Springs has 18 strikeouts and nine walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.42. Springs is 0-0 with an 18.00 ERA against Los Angeles this year.

Texas’ pitchers have given up 5.3 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 5.46, a WHIP of 1.45 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.2. The bullpen has a 4.23 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.3 K/9. In 57 games against divisional foes, Rangers starters have an ERA of 5.08 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.82.

The Texas hitters are putting up 4.8 runs per outing, including 4.2 per game against divisional foes and 7.4 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .254/.338/.509 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Rangers’ batters have been led by Shin-soo Choo, who is slashing .275/.384/.465 with 21 home runs, 61 RBIs and 78 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starters own a 4.29 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 8.74 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.74, along with a WHIP of 1.31.

Angels hitters have slashed .246/.318/.414 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.9 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Andrelton Simmons has led Los Angeles’ hitters and is hitting .295/.342/.420 with nine home runs, 65 RBIs and 58 runs scored.

The Rangers are coming off of an 18-4 win against the Twins, while the Angels just lost a 4-2 game to the Astros.

Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in four of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • The Angels have hit six home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit 16 over their last 10.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 16.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 16.2 over its last five.