Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Preview

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The Texas Rangers are set to take on their divisional rival Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Fox Sports Southwest will showcase the action and the game is scheduled to get underway at 9:07 p.m. ET.

Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Los Angeles (-180) as the favorite over Texas (+170). The total sits at 8 runs and gamblers can wager on the over or the under for -110. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the runline odds standing at Rangers +1.5 runs (-130) and Angels -1.5 runs (+110).

The Rangers have gone just 24-36 SU this year and are 25-34 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 2.1 units for moneyline gamblers and 14.3 units ATS. The Angels, on the other hand, are 31-27 SU and 27-30 ATS. They’ve lost 2.0 units for moneyline bettors and 4.4 units ATS.

Neither team has established itself as an obvious over/under bet this year. Los Angeles games have had an over/under record of 26-28-3 so far in 2018. The Rangers have an over/under record of 28-26-5.

Left-hander Cole Hamels is getting the nod for Texas. Hamels is 3-5 with a 3.74 ERA and 66 strikeouts. He has yet to face Los Angeles this year, but he did make five starts against the team in 2017, posting a 2-1 record with a 2.38 ERA and 24 strikeouts.

The Angels will turn to righty Garrett Richards (4-4, 3.67 ERA) to the mound. Richards has 60 strikeouts and 28 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.35. Richards is 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 2.08 ERA in one start against Texas this year.

Texas pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.46 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 7.15 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.81, along with a K-per-9 of 8.10.

The Rangers offense has slashed .231/.309/.392 on its way to 4.2 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.4 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

Texas hitters have been powered by Nomar Mazara and Shin-soo Choo. Mazara is slashing .278/.348/.511 with 13 home runs, 37 RBIs and 34 runs scored, while Choo has a .264 average with nine homers, 24 RBIs and 34 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game overall in 2018. The teams starting pitching staff has a 3.76 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.71 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 9.0 K/9. In 20 divisional games, Angels starters have an ERA of 2.90 and the bullpens ERA is 3.60.

Los Angeles offense has produced 4.6 runs per contest, including 5.7 per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .272/.333/.468 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Angels hitters have been led by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder Mike Trout. Simmons is slashing .335/.399/.469 with four home runs, 33 RBIs, 32 runs and five stolen bases, and Trout’s line is .305/.445/.665 with 18 homers, 36 RBIs, 48 runs and 12 stolen bases.

The Rangers have lost 0.8 units and are 17-23 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 18 of those games, compared to 20 that’ve hit the under against righties. On the other hand, the Angels have lost 5.7 units and are 4-9 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has cashed in six of those games, compared to seven that went under.

Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels Free Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in three of Los Angeles last seven games.
  • Texas has recorded 22.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 21.2 over its last five.
  • The Rangers have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Angels have hit 14 over their last 10.