Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels Matchup

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The Texas Rangers will be taking on their division rival Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The game gets underway 10:07 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Southwest is in line to showcase the matchup.

Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Vegas has listed Texas (+165) as the underdog to Los Angeles (-175). The total is sitting at 8.5 runs and bettors can take the over for -120 and the under for an even +100. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the current odds standing at Rangers +1.5 runs (-135) and Angels -1.5 runs (+115).

The Angels are 77-81 straight up (SU) and 70-87 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 11.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 28.4 units (ATS). The Rangers have gone 66-91 SU this year and are 76-80 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 8.0 units for moneyline bettors and 9.8 units ATS.

Angels games have an over/under record of 71-76-10 in 2018. Texas has an over/under record of 75-71-10.

Southpaw Yohander Mendez is projected to start for the visiting Rangers. Mendez is 2-2 with a 6.04 ERA and 15 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Angels this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Angels will send lefty Andrew Heaney (9-10, 4.21 ERA) to the mound. Heaney has 170 strikeouts and 44 walks to his name, as well as a 1.20 WHIP. Heaney is 0-1 with 10 strikeouts and a 7.94 ERA over two starts against Texas this year.

Texas’ pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.42 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 6.29 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.30, along with a K/9 of 8.08.

Rangers hitters have slashed .240/.321/.406 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game this year, including 4.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Texas’ hitters have been paced by Shin-soo Choo and Jurickson Profar. Choo is slashing .263/.377/.433 with 21 home runs, 62 RBIs and 82 runs scored, while Profar is hitting .252 with 19 homers, 76 RBIs and 81 runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, Los Angeles’ pitchers have given up 4.5 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.36, a WHIP of 1.31 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.7. The bullpen has a 3.94 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 8.5 K/9. In 72 games against AL West foes, Angels starters have an ERA of 4.28 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.52.

The Los Angeles offense has produced 4.4 runs per contest, including 4.6 per game against divisional foes and 3.8 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .179/.265/.364 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and right fielder Mike Trout have paced the Angels’ hitters this year. Simmons is hitting .296/.339/.423 with 11 home runs, 74 RBIs and 66 runs scored, and Trout’s line is .315/.461/.631 with 38 homers, 77 RBIs, 99 runs and 24 stolen bases.

The Rangers have lost 3.1 units and are 24-28 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 26 of those games, compared to 21 that’ve hit the under against lefty starters. On the other hand, the Angels have lost 13.1 units and are 20-29 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has hit in 17 of those games, compared to 28 that went under the total.

Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels MLB Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in zero of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • The Rangers have dropped three of their last four games SU.
  • Los Angeles has posted 16.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 15.4 over its last five.
  • The Rangers have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.