Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels Free Pick

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The Texas Rangers will head west to square off against their AL West foe Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Fox Sports Southwest will showcase the matchup and the first pitch is scheduled for 10:07 p.m. ET.

Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Vegas is listing Los Angeles (-160) as the favorite over Texas (+150). The total stands at nine runs and bettors can wager on the over for -125 and the under for +105. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds standing at Rangers +1.5 runs (-145) and Angels -1.5 runs (+125).

The Rangers have gone 24-23 SU this year and are 27-20 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 7.6 units for moneyline gamblers in the season’s early going and 3.5 units ATS. The Angels, on the other hand, are 22-27 SU and 28-20 ATS. They’ve lost 5.4 units for moneyline bettors while earning 9.3 units ATS.

Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 19-25-4 so far in 2019. Texas has been a decent over bet with a total record of 26-20-1.

Southpaw Drew Smyly is the probable starter for Texas. Smyly is 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA and 31 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with four strikeouts and a 10.80 ERA against Los Angeles this year.

The Angels will put the ball in the right hand of Griffin Canning (2-1, 3.80 ERA), who’s got 24 punchouts and seven walks this season as well as a 1.08 WHIP. Canning hasn’t faced the Rangers yet this year and did not record any MLB pitching stats in 2018.

As a unit, Los Angeles’ pitchers have yielded 5.1 runs per game overall in 2019. Its starters have a 5.86 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.25 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 9.7 K/9. In 19 games against divisional foes, Angels starters have an ERA of 6.88 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.81.

Los Angeles’ offense is putting up 4.8 runs per contest, including 3.9 per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .217/.309/.367 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that span.

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and left fielder David Fletcher have led the Angels’ batters so far. Simmons is hitting .298/.323/.415 with three home runs, 21 RBIs, 22 runs and five stolen bases, and Fletcher’s line is .300/.345/.438 with four homers, 18 RBIs and 22 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Texas’ pitchers have allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starters own a 5.40 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 8.39 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.88, along with a K-per-9 of 7.39.

Rangers hitters have slashed .259/.340/.472 on their way to 5.8 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.4 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Texas’ hitters have been paced by Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo, who’ve collectively swatted 13 home runs. Andrus is hitting .325/.373/.510 with six home runs, 26 RBIs, 25 runs and eight stolen bases, while Choo (.297/.399/.527) has produced seven homers, 19 RBIs and 30 runs scored.

The Rangers have gained 7.6 units and are 19-15 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 19 of those games, compared to 15 that’ve gone under against righties. On the other hand, the Angels have lost 9.6 units and are 7-9 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over’s hit in five of those games, compared to 11 that went under the total.

Rangers vs. Angels Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in just two of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • The Rangers have a total OPS of .812 this season and an OPS of .837 against right-handed pitchers. The Angels’ OPS sits at .757 overall and .788 versus righties.
  • The Rangers have won seven of their last eight games SU.
  • Texas has posted 28.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 23.2 over its last five.
  • The Rangers have hit 21 home runs in their last 10 games. The Angels have hit 11 over their last 10.