Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Baseball, MLB

The Texas Rangers are ready to face off against their division rival Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The matchup will begin at 10:07 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports Southwest to catch the action.

Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels Odds

Vegas has listed Los Angeles (-165) as the favorite over Texas (+155). Gamblers can bet on the game’s total with odds sitting at -120 for over 8.5 runs and even money (+100) for under 8.5. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds sitting at Rangers +1.5 runs (-140) and Angels -1.5 runs (+120).

The Angels are 76-81 straight up (SU) and 70-86 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 12.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 27.4 units (ATS). Los Angeles has covered the spread just twice in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. On the other hand, the Rangers have gone 66-90 SU this year and are 75-80 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 7.0 units for moneyline bettors and 10.8 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the over has cashed in four of those seven.

Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 70-76-10 in 2018. Texas has an over/under record of 74-71-10.

Yovani Gallardo is getting the start for the visiting Rangers. The right-handed Gallardo is 8-6 with a 6.59 ERA and 53 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with 10 strikeouts and an 8.00 ERA against Los Angeles this year (two starts).

The Angels are sending righty Matt Shoemaker (2-2, 5.48 ERA) to the mound. Shoemaker has 23 punchouts and eight walks to his name, as well as a 1.35 WHIP. Shoemaker is 0-0 with three strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in one start against Texas this year.

Texas’ pitchers have allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.44 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 6.31 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.32, along with a WHIP of 1.45.

The Rangers offense has slashed .240/.322/.407 on its way to 4.6 runs scored per game this year, including 4.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Texas’ hitters have been led by Shin-soo Choo and Jurickson Profar. Choo is hitting .265/.379/.436 with 21 home runs, 62 RBIs and 82 runs scored, while Profar has a .254 average with 19 homers, 76 RBIs and 81 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Los Angeles’ pitchers have given up 4.5 runs per game overall this year. Its starting pitching staff has a 4.37 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.97 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 8.5 K/9. In 71 games against divisional opponents, Angels starters have an ERA of 4.31 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.58.

The Los Angeles offense has produced 4.5 runs per outing, including 4.6 per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .174/.250/.395 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

The Angels’ offense has been led by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder Mike Trout. Simmons is slashing .296/.340/.424 with 11 home runs, 74 RBIs and 66 runs scored, and Trout’s line sits at .314/.459/.632 with 38 homers, 77 RBIs, 98 runs and 24 steals.

The Rangers have lost 3.9 units and are 51-52 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 48 of those games, as opposed to 50 that’ve gone under against righties. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 0.6 units and are 50-57 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 53 of those games, compared to 48 that went under the total.

Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • Texas has recorded 13 extra-base hits over its last five games. Los Angeles has 18 XBH over its last five.
  • Texas has recorded 17.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 19.4 over its last five.
  • The Rangers have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.