Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Free Preview

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The Los Angeles Angels will be taking on their divisional rival Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. The game gets underway 8:05 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Southwest will televise the matchup.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Odds

The Rangers are 61-78 straight up (SU) and 68-70 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t moved the needle a whole lot for gamblers, losing 2.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 5.2 units (ATS). The Angels are 67-72 SU and have gone 64-74 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 9.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 19.9 units ATS.

Rangers games have an over/under record of 64-64-10 in 2018. Los Angeles has been a decent under bet with a total record of 60-69-9.

The right-handed Jaime Barria is projected to start for the visiting Angels. Barria is 9-8 with a 3.46 ERA and 81 strikeouts. He’s 2-0 with 14 strikeouts and a 1.13 ERA against Texas this year (three starts).

The Rangers are putting the ball in the right hand of Bartolo Colon (7-11, 5.45 ERA, 1.30 WHIP), who has 78 strikeouts and 24 walks this season. Colon is 0-1 with six strikeouts and a 10.50 ERA in one start against Los Angeles this year.

As a unit, Texas’ pitching staff has allowed 5.3 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 5.43 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.19 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.3 K/9. In 59 games against divisional foes, Rangers starters have an ERA of 5.03 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.70.

Texas’ offense is putting up 4.8 runs per outing, including 4.2 per game against divisional foes and 7.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .267/.340/.576 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Rangers’ offense has been led by Shin-soo Choo and Jurickson Profar. Choo is hitting .273/.382/.460 with 21 home runs, 61 RBIs and 78 runs scored, while Profar’s line sits at .258/.342/.457 with 15 homers, 69 RBIs and 72 runs scored.

For the visiting squad, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.27 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.70 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.72, along with a WHIP of 1.30 and a K-per-9 of 8.52.

The Angels offense has slashed .245/.317/.412 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.8 runs per game against divisional foes and 2.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder Mike Trout continue to lead Los Angeles’ hitters. Simmons is slashing .292/.338/.415 with nine home runs, 66 RBIs and 58 runs scored. Trout (.305/.456/.604) is up to 31 homers, 63 RBIs, 88 runs and 22 steals.

The Angels have gained 0.8 units and are 46-49 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 44 of those games, compared to 46 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 3.0 units and are 48-44 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 40 of those games, compared to 47 that’ve cashed the under.

Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers MLB Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in three of Texas’ last seven games.
  • The Rangers have won three of their last four games SU.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 16.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 14.6 over its last five.
  • The Angels have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.