Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels Free Preview

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The Texas Rangers are traveling west to face their divisional rival Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Fox Sports Southwest will be airing the matchup. The opening pitch is scheduled for 10:07 p.m. ET.

Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Texas (+115) as the dog to Los Angeles (-125). The total sits at 8.5 runs and bettors can wager on the over for +100 and the under for -120. Gamblers can also bet on the game’s runline with the most recent odds sitting at Rangers +1.5 runs (-180) and Angels -1.5 runs (+160).

The Rangers have gone 61-82 SU this year and are 69-73 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t moved the needle very much this year, losing 4.8 units for moneyline gamblers and 8.3 units ATS. Texas is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven. The Angels, on the other hand, are 71-72 SU and 67-75 ATS. The team has lost 7.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 17.1 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

Angels games have had an over/under record of 62-71-9 in 2018. Rangers games have gone over 67 times, gone under 65 times and pushed on 10 occasions.

The southpaw Mike Minor is projected to start for the visiting Rangers. Minor is 11-7 with a 4.31 ERA and 118 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with seven strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA against Los Angeles this year.

The Angels are putting the ball in the right hand of Jaime Barria (10-8, 3.30 ERA, 1.23 WHIP), who has 86 strikeouts and 33 walks. Barria is 3-0 with 19 strikeouts and a 0.86 ERA over four starts against Texas this year.

As a unit, Los Angeles’ pitchers have given up 4.3 runs per game overall this season. The club’s starting pitching staff has a 4.20 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.68 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 8.6 K/9. In 57 games against AL West opponents, Angels starters have an ERA of 3.87 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.05.

The Los Angeles offense is putting up 4.5 runs per outing, including 4.9 per game against divisional foes and 5.8 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .293/.376/.464 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that span.

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and right fielder Mike Trout have led the Angels’ offense this year. Simmons is hitting .296/.342/.428 with 11 home runs, 70 RBIs and 61 runs scored, while Trout’s line is .316/.465/.622 with 33 homers, 68 RBIs, 92 runs and 22 stolen bases.

In the visiting dugout, Texas’ pitchers have allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.45 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 6.30 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.39, along with a WHIP of 1.45 and a K-per-9 of 8.25.

Rangers hitters have slashed .243/.326/.412 on their way to 4.8 runs scored per game this year, including 4.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).

Texas’ offense has been fueled by Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara. Choo is slashing .272/.386/.455 with 21 home runs, 61 RBIs and 80 runs scored, while Mazara is hitting .271/.332/.465 with 20 homers, 74 RBIs and 57 runs scored.

The Rangers have gained 0.1 units and are 48-47 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 43 of those games, compared to 47 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Angels have lost 10.5 units and are 19-26 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has cashed in 16 of those games, compared to 25 that went under the total.

Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels MLB Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in five of Texas’ last seven games.
  • The Rangers have lost five of their last six games SU.
  • Texas fielders have 10 errors over the last 10 games, compared to five errors for Los Angeles over its last 10.
  • The Rangers have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games. The Angels have hit 11 over their last 10.